Common Misspelled and Mispronounced Medical Terms

Common Misspelled and Mispronounced Medical Terms

There's nothing more entertaining than hearing medical terms mispronounced. Medical terminology is a language of its own and because we're in the healthcare field it's easy to forget that most lay folks don't speak the language very well, if at all. 

 

Here are some of the most common misspelled and mispronounced words in the medical terminology dictionary, from The Happy Hospitalist . If you have one you'd like to add to the list you can comment below!

 

 

  • abdominal pain -  abominable pain, abominal pain
  • Achilles tendon -  akilese tendon
  • acid reflux -  acid reflex
  • acidophilus -  Sid and Phylis
  • ADHD -  HDHD
  • anesthesia -  anesceasia
  • astigmatism - a stigmatism
  • accurate I/Os  -  accurate eyes and nose
  • acute angina -  a cute vagina
  • albuterol -  albootaral, albooteral, buterol, albuteral
  • allergic reaction -  allergic erection
  • Alzheimer's -  alltimers, alztimers, old timers disease, oltimers,
  • Ambien -  ambria
  • Amiodarone -  amiroaderone, am-knee-darone, amniodarone, amarodorone, amiorodarone, amidrone
  • ambulance -  ambleeance, ambalance, ambulambs
  • aneurysm -  amarysm
  • antecubital -  anticubical 
  • anthrax -  amtracks
  • antibiotics -  antibygolics 
  • appendix -  APNDX, pendix, appendicks, ipendics
  • appendectomy -  appleectomy, add-a-dick-to-me
  • arthritis -  The Arthur, arthuritis
  • ask -  axe
  • aspirin -  assburn
  • asthma - assma, azma,
  • Assmatack -  instead of asthma attack
  • Atenolol -  atenol, atanol, atenenol, atenotol, antennanol
  • atrial fibrillation -  aerial fibaration
  • Augmentin -  augmentum, augiementim

B

  • barbiturates - bar-bit**-uates, bar-bi-tirades
  • Bartholin gland -  bartholomew gland 
  • below the knee amputation -  baloney amputation
  • between -  bequeen
  • bipolar -  bipolo
  • bisacodyl -  biskadill
  • bladder cancer -  ladder cancer
  • blood clot -  blood clog, blood clock
  • blood pressure cuff -  blood pressure cup
  • Botox -  buttocks
  • bowel obstruction -  bowel destruction
  • bowel impaction -  bowel compaction
  • bronchial asthma -  broccoli asthma
  • BUN -  bunt
  • bupropion -  buproprion
  • Buspar - badspar

C

  • CABG -  cabbage
  • C-section -  sea section
  • calcium -  kalshium 
  • callus -  callous
  • candida infection -  Canada infection
  • capnography -  capneography 
  • carbon monoxide -  carpet monoxide
  • cardioversion -  cardio conversion
  • Cardizem -  cardiazem, cardliazem
  • carotid -  care-ih-toid
  • carpal tunnel -  corporal punishment, carpal thunnel, car trouble, carpool tunnel
  • cataract - Cadillac
  • catheter -  Catholic, capiter
  • cecum -  secum
  • cellulitis -  cellulititis
  • cerebral palsy -  Sarah palsy, celebral palsy,
  • chicken pocks -  chicken pops
  • Chiropractor -  choirpracter
  • cholesterol -  chlorolesteral
  • ciprofloxacin -  ciproflucloxacillen
  • cirrhosis of the liver -  psoriasis of the liver, sclerosis of the liver, scoliosis of the liver, six roaches of the liver
  • cocci -  cockeye
  • Colonoscopy -  colonsclopy, colostomy, colonostomy, colonostrophy, coloscopy
  • concussion -  concrussion
  • constipation -  constickation
  • contractions -  contraptions
  • congestive heart failure -  congested heart failin
  • Coumadin -  coodamin, coumanin, coudamin, cummin, cooligan, cumiden
  • coxsackie virus -  coxsuckie virus
  • CPAP - C-Pak 
  • cryo -  Cairo

D

  • D&C -  DNC
  • dependent -  dependant
  • dehydrated - dehydrinated
  • depo provera -  depo primavera
  • diabetes - diabetis, suga' diabetes, the sugar, diabettys, diabeets, dabeets, da' suga
  • diabetic -  diabetical, "sugar pill"
  • diagnoses -  diagnosises
  • diarrhea -  diarear, diareah
  • dialysis - dinealysis, dryalysis, dialogy
  • dialyze -  dialasize, diagnalysis
  • dilated -  delighted 
  • disoriented -  disorientated
  • defibrillator -   defibulator, defibrillizer, fibulizor, fibalator
  • Diflucan -  diflunkin
  • Dilaudid -  di lada,  duodenum, dilautin, dialauda, dilauda, dilaudin, dilala, dilauden, diladeed, dilila, dilidad, dulauda, dilada, dilauntin, dilopadid, diladoo, dilauscious, lidaudid, dilowdin, dilautin, dilaudah, laudedid, diloodid, dahlonega, darvonidad, dull adam, dillydad, diladid, dialed in, diddlyadid, mili of dili, delightful, delighted, dddd, dilapida, diludid, the d one, dilaudemerol, delawtid, dolobid, dildemerol
  • diltiazem -  ditazolam
  • diverticulitis -  diberticulitis
  • dominant -  dominit
  • doppler -  gobbler, dobbler
  • donepezil - donzepril. 
  • dry weight -  dry wall
  • Dulcolax -  dookielax

E

  • eczema -  exema, eggs and ma
  • edematous -  edeminous, ah-did-ah-mus
  • EKG -  heartmagram
  • Elavil -  elaville
  • electrolytes -  electric lights
  • elephantiasis -  elephantitis
  • elicit -  illicit
  • emphysema -  infazima
  • encephalitis - syphilitis
  • epidural -  epidermal
  • epigastric -  epic gastric
  • epileptic seizure -  epileptic Caesar, eucalyptus seizure
  • erectile dysfunction -  reptile dysfunction
  • esophagus -  asophagues
  • exacerbation -  exaspiration, asserbation, exagerbate
  • excercise -  ectercise
  • excruciating -  cruciating
  • extubation -  excavation

F

  • fibroids in my uterus -  fireballs in my Eucharist (or universe or Eucharis), thyroids in my uterus
  • fibromyalgia -  ibromyfalgia, fibermalgia, fibermanalgia, fibro-my-algia, fibroidmyalga, fibermyallergy
  • fibroplastic breast -  fiber optic breast
  • Flomax - flowmore
  • folic acid -  fostic acid 
  • foramen ovale -  foraminal valley
  • Furosemide -  forcemidefersamide

G

  • gabapentin -  gabbagantin
  • gallbladder  -  gullbladder, jawbladder, gallblatter
  • gangrene - gang green
  • generic -  genetic
  • Glucophage -  glucasausage
  • GoLYTELY -  gollytelly
  • gout -  goat, gouch
  • grand mal seizure -  grandma seizure, grand maul seizure, grand mall seizure
  • Guillian-Barre syndrome -  gougane barra syndrome

H

  • Haldol -  hound dog, haldog
  • heart catheterization -  heart cardization
  • heart murmur -  heart mummer
  • Heimlich maneuver -  hindlick maneuver, Heinekin maneuver,  
  • hemoptysis -  hymnoptosis
  • hemorrhoidectomy -  hermitrectomy 
  • heparin -  hefarin 
  • heroin -  heroine
  • herpes -  hair piece
  • HCTZ -  HTCZ
  • hernia - hyena
  • hiatal hernia -  hi herny, hymenal hernia, high anal hernia
  • HIPAA -  HIPPA, HIPPO
  • high bilirubin - hi Billy Rubin
  • hill -  heel
  • hospitalist -  hospital list
  • hydralazine -  hydrazaline
  • hydrocodone - hydrocodeine, hydrocordone, hydracodeine, hydrocordrone, hyda coda done
  • hydromorphone - hydramofo
  • hypertension -  the pressure, high blood
  • hypoxic -  hypopnic
  • hysterectomy - hickerectomy, histamyrectomy, hykterektomy, hicktorectomy, hikorekomy

I

  • ibuprofin -  I-B profinI-B-U rofinibupropylene, ibubufferin
  • I have sinusitis -  I have sinuses
  • impetigo -  infantigo
  • induced in L&D -  instead of reduced in L&D,  seduced in L&D
  • intractable -  intrackable
  • inflammation -  inflamminated
  • inhaler -  inhalator
  • intubated -  incubated
  • ipratropium -  ipatropin
  • irritable bowel syndrome -  durable bowel syndromeherbal bowl syndrome

J  

  • laparoscopic -  laptoscopical
  • larynx -  larnix
  • Lasix - Lasik, latex
  • lisinopril -  lisopril
  • Lorazepam - razorpam
  • Lortab - Loratab, lowtads
  • Lyme disease -  lime disease
  • Lyrica -  lycra
  • lymph nodes -  lymph noides, limp noids

M

  • maggots -  magnets
  • mammogram -  mammy o gram, mammiogram, mammeogram
  • melatonin pills -  melanoma pills
  • MRSA infection - merser infection
  • malnutrition -  maltrishoning
  • mastectomy -  masectomy
  • menopause -  many paws, menapause, minipause
  • menstruation -  minstration
  • Methotrexate -  mexotrexate
  • metoprolol -  meto-prolol, metaprod, me-prot-olol, met-RO-polol, meta-pro-lol, metopropolol, metopotol, matropalol, metepropol, metoprol, metopropol, meta-topro-lol
  • migraine headache -  migratin headache, my brain headache
  • milligrams -  thrilligrams
  • mitral valve -  micral valve
  • morphine -  mo phine, mophy, mofeen, mofeem
  • MRSA - MERCA
  • multiple sclerosis -  multiple scoliosis, multiple neurosis
  • mupirocin -  mop-u-rock-in
  • muscle -  mustle
  • "My bone wasn't broken, only fractured"
  • myocardial infarction -  myocardial infraction, cardio fart

N

  • nauseous -  nauseaouas
  • nauseated -  nauseation
  • nebulizer -  nibulator, febulizer, nebalizer, mebulizer
  • Nissen -  neesan
  • Norvasc -  norvasac
  • NSAIDS -  nay-sayds
  • nuclear test -  nuculer test, nook-ya-lar

O

  • omeprazole -  o-mee-pra-zo-lee, o-mep-ra-zo-le, om-nep-praz-olol, "o something"
  • ophthalmology - opthalmology, optamology, optomology
  • orient -  orientate
  • oriented -  orientated
  • osteochondral -  osteocondo, osteocondom
  • osteoperosis -  osteosperosis
  • Oxycodone -  oxycordone
  • Oxycontin -  oxycotton
  • oxygen -  oxgen, octagon, oxcuagen

P

  • pacemaker -  peacemaker
  • palpate -  palpitate
  • pancreatitis -  pancreitis
  • pap smear -  pepper smear
  • Paraneoplastic panal - perineal plastic panel
  • patients -  patience
  • Percocet -  purpocet, percostat, purpacet, perpocet
  • perfusion -  profusion
  • pericarditis -  periocarditis
  • perineal -  peroneal
  • peripheral -  peripherial
  • pharynx -  pharnix
  • Phenergan - finnagin, phenergrinphen-a-kin, phenergun, phenegren, pheneegan, phenagrin, phenegram, phenygen, phennygin, phenergran, vinegar, phenegran, fingin, fennigan
  • phenobarbitol -  peanut butter balls
  • phlebotomy -  lobotomy
  • pitocin - potassium
  • Plavix -  playvixpavlix
  • pleural -  plural
  • pneumonia -  ammonialamonia, numonia, phemonia
  • polyps -  plopps, pollits
  • Port-A-Cath -  portacast
  • prednisone -  presinone, pregnisone
  • prescribe -  perscribe
  • prescriptions -  perscriptions
  • Prevalon boot -  provolone boot
  • Prilosec -  prolosex
  • Propofol -  propothol, propathal
  • propranolol -   propanolol
  • prostate -  prostrate, prospate
  • Protonix - protronix
  • Prozac -  prosack 
  • PSA -  PSI
  • pseudoseizures -  sudo seizures
  • pulmonary -  plumbinary, pluminary
  • pulmonary embolism -  pulmonary emblems
  • pneumonia -  ammonialemonia, pamonia, p moan ya
  • pyelonephritis -  polynehpritis

Q

R

  • Ramipril -  ram-per-il
  • rectal pain -  rektical pain
  • reflux -  reflexin
  • reflux on my esophagram -  reflexes on my coffeegram
  • rhabdomyolysis -  rhabdomyolitis
  • rheumatoid arthritis -  rumatard arfritis, rumortard arthritis
  • ringworms -  wingworms
  • Risperdal -  risperidal
  • Rocephin -  rocepherin
  • rotator cuff -  rotor cup, rotary cuff, roterer cuff, rotator cup, rotary cup
  • RSV -  RSVP

S

  • saddle pulmonary embolism -  saddled pulmonary embolism
  • sats -  stats  (an in oxygen stats)
  • Schizophrenia -  schitzophrenia 
  • sciatic nerve -  psychotic nerve, exotic nerve, psychiatic nerve, sanotic nerve
  • seizures -  skezures
  • Seroquel -  sequel
  • shotty lymph nodes -  shoddy lymph nodes
  • sickle cell anemia-  sick as Hell anemia
  • sleep apnea -  sleep apney, sleep napia
  • something -  sompin
  • smoking cessation classes -  smoking sensation classes 
  • spayed -  spaded (for the vets out there!)
  • specific pain -  Pacific pain
  • spinal meningitis -  smiley mighty Jesus
  • spironolactone -  spy-ra-lone-a-lack-ta-tone
  • Staph infection -  staff infection
  • stent -  stint, splints, stimps
  • Strep throat -  strip throat , script throat, scrip throat
  • stroke -  scroke
  • sulfa -  sulfur
  • suppositories -  depositories  
  • Synagis -  synergist

T

  • telemetry -  the lemon tree, telepathy
  • tendonitis -  tendernitis
  • testicles -  technicals
  • tests - testes
  • Tetanus shot -  technical shot
  • Theophylline -  thee-o-fi-lean
  • throat -  instead of throak
  • thrombocytopenia -  instead of thrombocytopenis
  • thrush -  thrash
  • TIAs -  teeahs
  • topical nystatin -  tropical nystatin
  • Toprol -  topal 
  • trachea -  trachlear
  • Trazodone -  tray-za-done
  • trichomonas infection -  tracheotomy infection, trick infection, trick a monkey infection
  • troponins -  patronins
  • tubal ligation -  tubal langee-on, tubal litigation, tubolization
  • Tylenol -  tylol, tylenoids, time in all
  • Tysabri - tysaybri

U

  • uvula -  vulva
    umbilical -  umbiblical 

V

  • vagina -  vajinga, Virginia, pajama
  • vaginal discharge -  virginal discharge
  • Valium - vacuum
  • vegetations -  vegetables
  • ventilator -  emulator 
  • vertigo -  vertical, vertago
  • vesicle -  vesical
  • Viagra - viagry
  • Vicoden - vickoden, vi-code-an, vicodan, vicaden
  • volatile -  voluatable
  • vomit -  vomick
  • vomiting -  vomicken, vomicking
  • Vulva -  instead of uvula

W

  • warfarin -  wahfehrn, warafin
  • welts -  whelps
  • wheezing -  weasel
  • whopping cough -  woofing cough

X

  • Xopenex -  zofenex
    x-ray -  x-tray, x-ration

Z

  • Zofran -  jofrain 

    Zosyn -  josin 

Source: The Happy Hospitalist