# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 387150553

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Define the foundations of word structure.


Definition should include the following:
  • pronouncing roots, prefixes, and suffixes
  • defining, spelling, and pronouncing terms related to the following:
    • Common medical conditions (e.g., inflammation, swelling, pain)
    • Anatomical reference system (e.g., planes, regions, direction)
    • Coronal
    • Transverse
    • Sagittal/midsagittal
    • Structural units (e.g., cells, organs, tissues).

Process/Skill Questions

  • What might the consequences be of misspelling medical terms?
  • Why is a basic foundation in suffix and prefix recognition helpful to all healthcare workers? To healthcare consumers?
  • What are look-alike/sound-alike (LA/SA) medical terms?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.
  1. Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms, to understand complex words.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  4. Explain the meaning of common idioms, and literary and classical allusions in text.
  5. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Other Related Standards

HOSA Competitive Events

Health Science Events


Medical Spelling


Medical Terminology


Teamwork Events