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Take this quiz to test your medical term knowledge

If you have ever been to a hospital, you probably know that doctors seem to speak a different language than the general population. It is a mixture of Greek, Latin and English that, in many ways, is similar to the combination of different languages used in legal settings. However, even lawyers and judges have a hard time understanding medical texts sometimes. 

How well do you know the Latin and Greek that doctors throw around? Take this quiz to see how your knowledge of medical jargon stacks up against those who have taken the Hippocratic oath. 

Try to pick the right option out of the three options for each word. Then, check your response against the answers at the end of this article. 

Per centum

Every century; the purring center in a cat; for each one hundred.


Finger or toe bones; a line of soldiers; a type of rope used in surgery.


Surgery that replaces damaged skin with a graft; moving through skin; a middle layer in your skin.


Of or relating to parents; medicine taken nonorally; paranormal results from medical treatment.


Towards the front; an old way of saying "inside"; the outermost layer of a bone.


Medical bills that come from outside providers; the bones of your wrists; muscles that stretch between the ribs.


Below a protective membrane that surrounds the central nervous system; medically serious; under an acceptable level of durability.

Here are the answers:

  •       Per centum: for each hundred (otherwise known as "percent")
  •       Phalanges: finger or toe bones
  •       Transdermal: moving through skin
  •       Parenteral: medicine taken nonorally
  •       Anterior: towards the front
  •       Intercostals: muscles that stretch between the ribs
  •       Subdural: below a protective membrane that surrounds the central nervous system

If you got all seven right, maybe it is time to think about taking the MCAT. If you got half, then chances are you have enough medical knowledge to navigate a contemporary health care setting relatively well. 

Thankfully, you would not need to know every medical term during a personal injury case. Most law firms that handle injury or medical malpractice cases in Illinois maintain a network of expert witnesses. This often helps quickly and effectively explain your injury to a court — without confusing jargon.

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