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Medical Terminology Subject Guide LRC@TCC

Scope of this guide: find articles, books, statistics, and other information on the study of medical terminology.

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Keywords to search: medical terminology, medicine and terminology, medicine and nomenclature

Health Databases (use MyTCC ID to login from off-campus)

For other health-related subject guides, see the Health Portal.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. In addition, Consumer Health Complete includes the Clinical Reference System and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs. The database is updated on a weekly basis.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

MEDLINE (or PubMed)

Free and open to the public, PubMed includes MEDLINE. MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Full text can be requested through interlibrary loan.


Selected resources from the Web: 

Dictionary of Medical Terms from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Medical Dictionary from MedlinePlus does not require you to know the whole word or the correct spelling for the word you are looking for.

Medical Etymology shows the origins of anatomical terms.

MediLexicon contains searches, information, news and resources for the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare professional.

Medical Terminology online course

Medical Terminology free online education

Medical Terminology from a pathologist

Medspeak Terms from the Medical Library Association

MedTerms provides "medical language in easy-to-understand explanations"

Pronunciation of medical terms from Merck Manuals

Stedman's Dictionary

Who Named It? shows who diseases, disorders, anatomical parts, medical equipment, and procedures are named after.