Health professionals and medical students have a common language known as "medical terminology." Those who use it know how important it is to practice every day until it is memorized. However, just reading from a textbook can be boring and possibly ineffective if this is the only method used. Everyone likes games, so why not combine the two?

Multiple Choice Games

If standard multiple choice quizzes are your style, then there are plenty of companies that offer free or very cheap games online. Using the word in a sentence, you will be give three to five choices with only one correct answer. Others show the word and expect the player to pick the definition. This is good for practicing rote-memory skills.

Sheppard's Software is one choice and is listed in the references sections to get you started.

Memory or Matching Games

Picture-based games are great for the visual learners. Studystack.com and Quia Medical Terminology are great places to start. However, there is a fee associated with many of the games listed as they are more time intensive to prepare for students.

Break It Down - Prefix and Suffix Specific Games

There are three parts to each word: the word root, prefix and suffix. The root will usually name the body part being referenced. The prefix will be the location, number of parts or time involved, while the suffix will be the condition, disease process or procedure. By knowing this structure, it is easy to break down each word into its parts to grasp the meaning of the whole word.

Sound like fun? A matching game is one way to learn what can often be a repetitive task. University of Minnesota General College's medical terminology site has games tailored to this need as does Quia Medical Terminology's site. These pages can be found by following the links below.

Practice Makes Perfect

If you are a medical professional, you will need to know a lot of words. For those who are just searching for new knowledge, the Internet has many educational games featuring medical terminology. From flashcards, word finds and crosswords to simple multiple choice games, the Internet is a vast resource for the specialized language of medicine.