Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals, 10th edition

Published by Pearson (March 18, 2020) © 2021

  • Jane Rice


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A unique word-building method with practical applications

Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals gives students a solid foundation in the technical language of modern medicine. It combines the study of word parts, key body systems and techniques for interpreting any medical term. Concise coverage of body systems, along with related abbreviations, pharmaceuticals and diagnostic and lab tests, provides context and direct applications. Practical exercises connect terminology to real clients, medical records and clinical settings.

The 10th Edition has been updated throughout with new art, expanded review segments and current trends and research in healthcare today.

Hallmark features of this title

The Rice word-building method

  • Building Your Medical Vocabulary sections group together terms containing the same prefix, word root or combining form.
  • Combining Forms Tables with meanings in each body system chapter spotlight the roots of key terms associated with each system.
  • Color-coded commonly used word parts reinforce the bases of medical terms and prepare students to interpret any new term.

Contextual practice

  • Practical Application exercises challenge students to apply their understanding of word-building to medical record analysis and ICD-10-CM terminology questions.
  • Case Studies with exercises link medical terminology to real healthcare scenarios.
  • FYI features provide interesting medical tidbits and orient students to the ever-evolving culture of medicine.

New and updated features of this title

Practical knowledge for a medical career

  • NEW: Good to Know features spotlight new research, current trends and other issues in healthcare and medicine.
  • UPDATED: Anatomy and physiology sections have been updated based on the review and suggestions of many medical and healthcare professionals.

Learning aids

  • EXPANDED: More than 450 vibrant, instructive images include authentic medical photographs, engaging labeling activities and anatomically precise diagrams and drawings.
  • EXPANDED: Study and Review exercises give students practice applying the material they've just read.

Highlights of the DIGITAL UPDATE for MyLab Medical Terminology (available for Spring 2024 classes)

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  • NEW: Application-focused activities let students practice and apply their knowledge by identifying, pronouncing and translating medical terms within the context of real-world medical records and reports.

Highlights of the DIGITAL UPDATE for MyLab Medical Terminology (available for Spring 2023 classes)

  • UPDATED: Med Term Speak & Spell helps students build fluency in medical terminology. Previously a 4-part game, Speak & Spell now brings pronunciation to the forefront and has been renamed to focus on two parts called Pronounce and Spell. A built-in technology assesses and scores students’ pronunciation so they can continue to improve.
  • UPDATED: Labeling, Matching, Word Surgery and Word Part Prescription (formerly called Popping Words) games now have better functionality and an improved user experience. The refreshed games give students practice building words, learning A&P concepts and mastering spelling and pronunciation.
  • REVISED: The overall learning experience has been refined. Students will find studying with MyLab Medical Terminology to be more efficient, supporting better outcomes.

Features of MyLab Medical Terminology for the 10th Edition; published 2020

  • Interactive games make it fun to build words, conquer A&P and practice spelling and pronunciation. They also offer an effective route to mastery.
  • Dynamic Study Modules are adaptive learning modules with remediation. They assess students’ performance in real time, while helping them master and retain key concepts.
  • Guided lectures are title-specific and author-created. They can be used to supplement your lectures, clarify concepts and help students improve their pronunciation.
  • Pearson+ eTextbook is an easy-to-use digital textbook available within MyLab. It lets students read, highlight and take notes all in one place, even offline.
  1. Introduction to Medical Terminology
  2. Suffixes and Prefixes
  3. Organization of the Body
  4. Integumentary System
  5. Skeletal System
  6. Muscular System
  7. Digestive System
  8. Cardiovascular System
  9. Blood and Lymphatic System
  10. Respiratory System
  11. Urinary System
  12. Endocrine System
  13. Nervous System
  14. Special Senses: The Ear
  15. Special Senses: The Eye
  16. Female Reproductive System with an Overview of Obstetrics
  17. Male Reproductive System
  18. Mental Health


  1. Answer Key
  2. Glossary of Word Parts
  3. Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols

About our author

The year is 1947 and I am a little girl with brown hair that is braided into pigtails. I am very shy and afraid, for, you see, I am in the second grade and I cannot read. Not one little word. The teacher discovered this and made me sit on a tall metal stool in front of the classroom with a dunce cap on my head. Still to this day, I get very nervous when I have to get up in front of a crowd of people.

My mother taught me to read because back then, there were no special classes for children with learning disabilities. I did not learn "phonetics" but memorized everything. I still have trouble pronouncing words, but I can tell you all you want to know about a medical word.

After the death of two brothers, my father and the impending death of my mother, I prayed for something else to do, something that would help take away the pain and the hurt. In 1982, my prayers were answered with a most precious gift: Medical Terminology with Human Anatomy, which was first published in September 1985, and is now titled Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals.

I owe so much to God and my best friend and husband, Charles Larry Rice. God continues to guide me in my writing. He provides me the knowledge and ability to organize, research, develop and then to write. Larry, my husband of 54 years, is supportive and gives me the freedom to be an author. He is my love and hero.

I had a wonderful teaching career, and I am forever beholden to the many wonderful students who taught me so much and touched my life with their unique qualities. I hope and pray that this 10th edition of Medical Terminology for Healthcare Professionals will enable you, the learner, to become the professional that you choose to be.

Jane Rice, RN, CMA-C

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