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Medicine is kind of another language. Have you ever been talking to family or friends and used medical terminology, just for them to respond, “English, please?” Well, here’s the other thing about that medical terminology: a lot of it is hard to spell. Twitter users shared their favorite “unspellable” medical words.
Gluccoccorticcoids #unspellablemedicalwords— Mark Reid, MD (@medicalaxioms) July 11, 2018
Gonorrhea, ghonorrhea, gonohrrea..?— TraumaEnvyRN (@alflannery) July 11, 2018
The clap (I also can never remember which std is"the clap").#unspellablemedicalwords
Hydrochlorothiazide. Thank God for HCTZ or I could never fill out my forms. __#unspellablemedicalwords— David J. Montgomery (@djmont) July 11, 2018
Hemmoorrhhagge #unspellablemedicalwords— Arthur Ke Jr, CAA (@KEanesthesia) July 11, 2018
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. #unspellablemedicalwords - bonus points since spelling changes if you’re using British vs American English!— Tristan Knight, MD (@t_e_knight) July 11, 2018
I would be happy if Siri could get “mastectomy” rather than her favorite autocorrect of “mistake to me” which can be a rather unfortunate communication error. #unspellablemedicalwords— Stephanie Graff, MD (@DrSGraff) July 12, 2018
#unspellablemedicalwords chrons disease. Cron’s disease. Chronz disease. chrohns disease. Crohn’s disease. Crowns with autocorrect.— Ted Rogovein ____ (@RogovtTed) July 11, 2018
Opthalmology, Ophthalmology, .... Eyedoctor#unspellablemedicalwords— Matthew Loxton (@mloxton) July 12, 2018
I had a Cardiology attending as an intern who made sure everyone knew how to spell “guaiac” properly. And no, I did not just now look it up to make sure I spelled it right here... __ #unspellablemedicalwords— Asma Moheet (@AsmaMoheetMD) July 12, 2018
Dewpeatren's— Ross Morton (@signindoc) July 12, 2018
Thick tendon in the palm#unspellablemedicalwords
Apparently hoarse is difficult. I’ve seen “horse voice” many times. __ #unspellablemedicalwords— Åñgëâ P_kpâñtß MD (@DrPinkpants) July 11, 2018
Clopidogrel clodipogel colpidogrel clodandmongrel #unspellablemedicalwords— Marina Gamba (@marinagamba1909) July 12, 2018
#unspellablemedicalwords - A real question on one of my med school tests: "What's the proper spelling of this word? syphilis, syphillis, siphillis, siphilis." Of course, it was nowhere on the other pages of the test.— ______ ___________, _ (@drsonnier) July 12, 2018
I generally get lost about half way through "encephalopathy" both when I write it and when I say it.#unspellablemedicalwords— TraumaEnvyRN (@alflannery) July 11, 2018
Nephronophthisis. I usually get halfway through and have to double check myself #unspellablemedicalwords— Michelle Starr (@mcstarr1) July 12, 2018
Personally, I always enjoyed choledochoduodenostomy— David Warner (@docdave007) July 11, 2018
Arrhythmia.....I still sometimes have to think to myself “Rats Have Yellow Teeth” to remember arRHYThmia.— Nick Kotch (@nickkotch) July 12, 2018
Dihorrea?— Robert Chen (@ottawaheartrob) July 11, 2018
Pruritus— Jules Lipoff (@juleslipoff) July 11, 2018
Lichen sclerosus et atrophicus#unspellablemedicalwords #dermatology @medicalaxioms
Amitriptyline? Amytriptyline? Amitriptiline?How many Is and how many Ys?— Booknerd4evR (@OHbooknerd44) July 12, 2018
Also hemorrhoid...or hemmorhoid...
diphtheria #unspellablemedicalwords— Maie Lynn PhD (@maie_lynn) July 12, 2018
why do these words have all the "h"s?
Leave the gun. Take the cannulae. pic.twitter.com/AvfRAy08hx— Fred Wu, MD (@FredWuMD) July 12, 2018
What are your favorite “unspellable” medical words?