12 Medical Words You Always Mispronounce

12 Medical Words You Always Mispronounce
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Tinnitus

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Say: “TIN-it-us.” That’s how doctors say it, but they’re used to hearing “ti-nite-us” too. If you have the condition, here are effective tinnitus remedies.

Ophthalmologist

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Say: “off-thull-MAH-luh-just.” Your eye doctor will want you to take a closer look at all the letters: There’s an H after the P, so it should make an F sound. And don’t forget the first L! Don’t miss these ways you didn’t realize you were straining your eyes.

Diabetes

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Say: “die-uh-BEE-teez.” Not: “die-uh-bee-tuss.” These are the best foods for diabetics.

Alzheimer’s disease

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Say: “ALTS-hy-murz.” The Z isn’t hard like you might think it is. And definitely don’t make the mistake of calling it “old timer’s disease.” This is what else people with Alzheimer’s wish you knew.

Kegel exercises

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Say: “KAY-gull.” Not “kee-gull.” (Pssst: Here are more things your vagina secretly wants to tell you.)

Otolaryngologist

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Say: “oh-toe-lar-en-GAH-luh-jist.” Don’t miss these home remedies for earaches and ear infections.

Acid reflux

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Say: “A-sid REE-flux.” Not: “acid reflex.” Check out these natural remedies for heartburn.

Dilate

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Say: “DIE-late.” No need to make it three syllables by saying “die-uh-late.”

Prescription

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Say: “pri-SKRIP-shun.” Not “per-skrip-shun.” By the way: Here’s what to ask your doctor before getting an antibiotic prescription.

Diphtheria

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Say: “dif-THEER-ee-uh.” The “ph” sounds like an F, not a P.

Mastectomy

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Say: “mass-TEK-toe-mee.” Don’t skip over the first T. (Here are reassuring things scientists wish you knew about cancer.)

Oophorectomy

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Say: “oh-uh-fuh-WRECK-tuh-mee.” It’s not an “oof” sound like it looks like. Watch out for these easy-to-miss ovarian cancer symptoms.

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