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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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  • STANDARD TREATMENT

    This is the way doctors treat a disease most of the time.
  • STAT

    statim, immediately
  • STATIC

    This means something does not change or stays the same.
  • STEREOTACTIC LOCALIZATION BIOPSY

    This means using a 3D X-ray to find a suspicious area and then doing a needle biopsy.
  • SUB

    This is part of a word. It means under. Sublingual means under the tongue.
  • sum

    sumat, let it be taken
  • t

    time
  • T or T°

    temperature

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