# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Medical Assistant I Task 1688248526

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Define medical terminology.


Definition should include
  • decoding of terms
  • abbreviations of symbols and acronyms
  • common medical prefixes, roots, suffixes, and their meanings
  • names of diagnostic tests
  • terminology that relates to the various conditions
  • systems of the human body, including defining, spelling, and pronouncing terms related to the following:
    • Common medical conditions (e.g., inflammation, swelling, pain)
    • Body organization and anatomical reference system (e.g., planes, regions, direction)
    • Structural units (e.g., cells, organs, tissues)
    • Basic units of measurements (e.g., metric, U.S. customary units)
    • Conversion among measurement systems

Process/Skill Questions

  • How can pronunciation affect the meaning of a term?
  • Why is it important to correctly spell a medical term?
  • Why is a basic foundation in suffix and prefix recognition helpful to healthcare workers and to healthcare consumers?
  • What major organs are contained in each body cavity?
  • What is the location of the diaphragm, with relation to the body cavities?
  • What is the function of the diaphragm?

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.
  5. Explain the meaning of literary and classical allusions and figurative language in text.
  6. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.



The student will investigate and understand relationships between cell structure and function. Key concepts include
  1. evidence supporting the cell theory;
  2. characteristics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;
  3. similarities between the activities of the organelles in a single cell and a whole organism;
  4. the cell membrane model; and
  5. the impact of surface area to volume ratio on cell division, material transport, and other life processes.

Other Related Standards

HOSA Competitive Events

Health Science Events


Medical Spelling


Medical Terminology