There are literally thousands of medical terms and most nurses are masters of medical terminology. Even if you don't know what a particular medical term means you can usually decipher it based on what you already know. Here are some that you may not have heard of. Quite interesting.
Trichotillomania-Uncontrollable urge to pull your hair out. (I think I have this one during every shift).
Genital Rectraction Syndrome (no joke), This one is when people actually believe their genitals are shrinking and being pulled inside their body....Wow!
Elephantiasis- The patient's arms and legs, and other things, become huge due to parasitic worms.
Capgras Syndrome- This is when you don't believe what you see in your own reflection and believe that your friends and loved ones are being impersonated by someone else...Weird!
Proctalgia Fugax- This is a pain in the butt. No, not your mother-in-law. This is a condition that causes spasms that sometimes are mistaken for actually needing to use the bathroom.
The weenis - This is actually the skin on your elbow. Don't run around saying your weenis hurts though!!
Pneumono ultramicro scopicsili covolcano koniosis (one word). -black lung.
Hippo pota monstro sesqu ippedal iopho bia (again one word)-The fear of long words.....No wonder!
Maple Syrup Urine Disease- an inherited disease with a symptom of sweet smelling urine. This is a very serious condition that can actually result in coma or death.
Cocksackie-a virus which can cause hand, foot and mouth disease.
A cutaneous horn. This is an extremely weird condition where you actually grow a horn. Made from the same thing as fingernails. Don't believe me? Look it up. Tree man had this and it's an effect rather than a cause. His was caused by the HPV, but it can also be caused by burns.
Labyrinthitis-A balance disorder that makes you very dizzy.
Do you have any you would like to add to this list? Comment below!