The Language of Medicine, 11e

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Bring medical terminology to life with Davi-Ellen Chabner’s bestselling The Language of Medicine, 11th Edition! An illustrated, easy-to-understand approach presents medical terms within the context of the body’s anatomy and physiology, and in health and disease. With this proven resource, you’ll learn a working medical vocabulary built on the most frequently encountered prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. Practical exercises and case studies make learning more interesting and demonstrate how medical terms are used in practice. Take advantage of interactive activities, games, quizzes, and flash cards on the Evolve companion website, and you will be ready to communicate fluently in the clinical setting and succeed in your healthcare career.


  • Self-study text/workbook approach


    reinforces learning every step of the way with a wide variety of exercises, labeling diagrams, pronunciation tests, and reviews, all organized by body systems with additional chapters on key areas of health care such as cancer and psychiatry.

  • Simple, clear, non-technical explanations demystify medical terminology even if you have little or no background in medicine or science.
  • More than 500 full-color illustrations depict the details of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, putting medical terms in the context of the structure and function of the body system.
  • Practical applications such as case reports, operative and diagnostic tests, and laboratory and x-ray reports demonstrate the use of medical terminology in the clinical environment.
  • Pronunciation of Terms at the end of each chapter include phonetic spellings and spaces to write the meanings of terms.
  • Abbreviations of terminology make it easy to learn the medical shorthand used in clinical practice.
  • Error-prone abbreviations list derived from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) list alerts you to abbreviations that should not be used in the clinical setting.
  • Comprehensive glossaries and appendices serve as quick references for use in the classroom and on the job.
  • An Evolve companion website lets you practice word parts and building terms with interactive word games, learning exercises, an audio glossary with pronunciations of over 3,000 terms, animations, an anatomy coloring book, electronic flash cards, and more.


  • NEW terms and procedures


    keep you up to date with healthcare advances.

  • NEW pathology photos illustrate difficult terms and procedures more clearly, showing the conditions that you will see, code, or manage in healthcare settings.
  • NEW Hint feature provides helpful clues that assist with learning and retention of terminology.
  • NEW! Electronic healthcare records on the Evolve companion website allows you to practice working with today’s medical records.
  • NEW anatomic, pathologic and procedural animations on Evolve bring terminology to life and offer a 3D glimpse into the clinical world.
  • NEW medical reports audio on Evolve provides the aural practice you need to be able to understand medical terminology in clinical settings.

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The Language of Medicine, 11e
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Is this book interesting?4.5
How does compare to other books in the genre?5
Is it easy and enjoyable to read?5
This is a really great text book. It is written clear and flows nicely from one chapter to the next.
The ebook format leaves a lot to be desired. It is confusing and hard to read. It is due to poor formatting.
This is a necessity to many classes. It is a textbook style book. There is no confusion in the way that it reads. The terms are clearly defined in a way that makes it clear what the definition is and how it is to be used. It makes studying really easy. The way that each chapter flows makes it comprehensible. Each chapter makes a great transition to the next. The coding is highly usable. Each section is divided by body systems. It makes it really easy to look up terms or more information that you need for your papers or for your projects. There is really no reason why you couldn't skip ahead on things that you already know. It is very well written. There are no surprises that make it hard to understand. For a student, it is well worth the money that is spent acquiring the books for class. The only downside to this book is that it does not format into ebook very well. The pages are choppy and hard to follow. It means that you have to carry the book with you if you want to study. The book is heavy and hard to always carry. Overall, this is a must have. That is acceptable because it is written well enough that any student can find what they need to in it without having to spend hours pouring through pages. It makes studying for productive. You literally learn more because you spend less time struggling to find the terms and information that you are looking for. It is a great book written for students in mind. You might even learn something that you never even knew you needed to know. That is what your intentions are when purchasing a textbook after all.


  • 1 - Not recommended for reading.
  • 2 - Somewhat engaging, book is just OK.
  • 3 - Pretty engaging, good book.
  • 4 - Engaging, very good book.
  • 5 - Really engaging, excellent book.

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Book Details

Title: The Language of Medicine, 11e


Length: 1064 Pages

Edition: 11

Language: English

Publication Date: 2016-02-24

ISBN-10: 0323370810

ISBN-13: 9780323370813

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