Defining medical terms relative clauses practice

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Using relative pronouns to explain medical vocabulary activities

Defining medical terms: Relative clauses practice

Choose one of the lines below and describe it without saying its name (or any part of its name) until your partner guesses which one.

Useful phrases for defining medical vocabulary

It’s a disease which/ that…

It’s an injury which/ that…

It’s a treatment which/ that…

It’s a medicine/ drug which/ that…

It’s a thing which/ that…

It’s something which/ that…

It’s stuff which/ that…

It’s a place where…/ It’s a place in which…

It’s a person who/ that…

 

 

Acupuncture

Acupuncturist

Anaesthetist

Antenatal/ Pregnancy

Antibiotic

Bandage

Broken nose

Care home

Cholesterol

Clinic

A cold

Cream/ Lotion/ Ointment

Delivery room

Dental hygienist

Dermatologist

Dietician/ Nutritionist

ER/ A&E

The flu/ Influenza

GP/ family doctor

Infancy

Intern

Lab technician

MRI

Malaria

Malaria

Menopause

Mental hospital

Midwife

Nurse

Nursing home

Occupational therapist

Operating theatre

Optician

Optician’s

Organ donor

Out-patient

Painkiller

Patient

Pharmacist/ Chemist

Pharmacist’s/ Chemist’s

Plaster cast

Plaster/ Band aid

Plastic surgeon

Postnatal

Prescription

Psychiatrist/ Psychologist

Puberty

Receptionist

RSI

Sling

Sprained ankle

Stethoscope

Surgeon

A (GP’s) surgery

Surgery/ An operation

Vaccine

Waiting room

Ward

X-ray machine

Ask about any which you don’t understand or couldn't explain.

Use similar language to describe the differences between these things:

  • a surgery/ an operation
  • a plaster/ a plaster cast
  • a pharmacist/ a pharmacist’s
  • a cold/ the flu
  • doctor/ surgeon
  • surgeon/ plastic surgeon
  • GP/ doctor
  • treatment/ vaccine

Do the same defining medical terms guessing game with your own ideas for medical terms to define.

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