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Understand medical terms with the help of the Medical Library Association


Like millions of Americans, you have probably read a newspaper or magazine article, tuned into a radio or television program, or searched the Internet to find answers to health questions. If so, you have probably encountered "medspeak," the specialized language of health professionals.

The Medical Library Association has developed "Deciphering Medspeak" to help you translate common "medspeak" terms. You'll also find some tips on how to identify quality health care information on the Internet.