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What Did My Doctor Say?

The special words doctors and nurses use can be hard to understand. You may see or hear these words at your doctor’s office, on the Internet, on the radio or TV, or in newspapers or magazines. We call these words “medspeak.” The Medical Library Association created this site to help you understand what a doctor or nurse tells you. You’ll find tips on how to understand many health words. The terms on this site were created with the help of the Working Group for Health Literacy, Massachusetts Health Sciences Library Network (MAHSLIN)
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  • cum, with
  • dbl

    double
  • DECRUDESCENCE

    This word means you start to feel a little better. You have fewer symptoms.
  • DERM, DERMA

    This is part of a word. It means skin. A dermatologist is a skin doctor.
  • DIAGNOSIS

    This is when a doctor decides what’s making you sick. A doctor looks at tests, symptoms. and your medical history. The doctor then makes a diagnosis.
  • DIAGNOSTIC MAMMOGRAM

    This is the use of an X-ray to check for breast cancer after finding a lump or other sign of possible disease.
  • DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

    This is a list of diseases with symptoms that are alike. A fever and a runny nose are symptoms. The flu or the common cold are possible causes
  • DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY

    This means using a computer to record X-ray images of the breast.

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