See step 1 to learn the basics of linguistics and understand medical terminology steps 1 obtain and use a medical dictionary this step is optional but highly recommended for breaking down medical jargon that many people are initially unfamiliar of these dictionaries give the meanings to the word parts and can translate medical language to english and vice versa 2 get to know the basic . Abbreviations for medical and pharmacological terms such as ecg fbc or bd in case youre wondering fbc is full blood count understanding the functions of the body common illnesses injuries and diseases including health topics and terms used to describe onset or nature of disease. At first glance medical terminology can seem like a foreign language but often the key to understanding medical terms is focusing on their components prefixes roots and suffixes for example spondylolysis is a combination of spondylo which means vertebra and lysis which means dissolve and so means dissolution of a vertebra. A good understanding of basic medical terminology helps you understand the doctors notes more precisely youre better able to assign the correct code to the patients office visit this understanding is even more important in specialty medical fields
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