Medical Vocabulary Quiz 1

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  • 1. 

    "Cardi" is an example of what word part?

    • A.

      Word root

    • B.

      Suffix

    • C.

      Prefix

    • D.

      Combining form

    Correct Answer
    A. Word root
    Explanation
    "Cardi" is a word root because it is a standalone word part that carries the core meaning of the word. In medical terminology, "cardi" refers to the heart.

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  • 2. 

    Which medical term is spelled correctly?

    • A.

      Osteoitis

    • B.

      Artarioscope

    • C.

      Hepatology

    • D.

      Cardiapathy

    Correct Answer
    C. Hepatology
    Explanation
    Hepatology is the correct spelling for the medical term. It refers to the branch of medicine that deals with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and disorders of the liver.

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  • 3. 

    What word parts make up the medical term arthroscopy?

    • A.

      Prefix, word root, suffix

    • B.

      Word root, combining vowel, suffix

    • C.

      Prefix, word root, combining vowel, suffix

    • D.

      Prefix, combining vowel, word root

    Correct Answer
    B. Word root, combining vowel, suffix
    Explanation
    The medical term "arthroscopy" is made up of three word parts: a word root, a combining vowel, and a suffix. The word root is "arthro," which refers to the joint. The combining vowel, usually "o," is used to connect the word root to the suffix. In this case, the combining vowel is not explicitly stated, but it is understood to be present to aid in pronunciation. The suffix "scopy" means to examine or view, indicating that arthroscopy is a procedure to visually examine a joint.

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  • 4. 

    Which combining form means joint?

    • A.

      Arter/o

    • B.

      Arthr/o

    • C.

      Ven/o

    • D.

      Oste/o

    Correct Answer
    B. Arthr/o
    Explanation
    The combining form "arthr/o" means joint. This is derived from the Greek word "arthron" which also means joint. It is commonly used in medical terms related to joints, such as arthritis (inflammation of the joints) and arthroscopy (a procedure to visualize and treat joint problems).

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  • 5. 

    What is a suffix that means measure?

    • A.

      -scope

    • B.

      -scopy

    • C.

      -logy

    • D.

      -meter

    Correct Answer
    D. -meter
    Explanation
    The suffix "-meter" means measure. This can be seen in words like thermometer (measures temperature), barometer (measures atmospheric pressure), and odometer (measures distance traveled). It is commonly used to indicate an instrument or device used for measuring a specific quantity or parameter.

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  • 6. 

    Wilm's tumor is an example of a(n)

    • A.

      Acronym

    • B.

      Synonym

    • C.

      Eponym

    • D.

      Combining form

    Correct Answer
    C. Eponym
    Explanation
    Wilm's tumor is an example of an eponym. An eponym is a term that is derived from a person's name, in this case, Dr. Max Wilms. Wilms tumor is a type of kidney cancer that primarily affects children. It was named after Dr. Wilms, who first described the tumor in 1899. Therefore, the term "Wilm's tumor" is an eponym because it is named after a person.

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  • 7. 

    Which medical term is an example of an acronym?

    • A.

      Diabetes

    • B.

      Appendicitis

    • C.

      Huntington's chores

    • D.

      AIDS

    Correct Answer
    D. AIDS
    Explanation
    AIDS is an example of an acronym because it stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. An acronym is a word formed by combining the initial letters of a multi-word name or phrase. In this case, the acronym AIDS is used to refer to a specific medical condition.

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  • 8. 

    What is the definition of the medical term intrahepatic?

    • A.

      Under the liver

    • B.

      Study of the liver

    • C.

      Beyond the liver

    • D.

      Pertaining to within the liver

    Correct Answer
    D. Pertaining to within the liver
    Explanation
    The term "intrahepatic" refers to something that is located or occurring within the liver. It is used to describe conditions, structures, or processes that are specifically related to or happening inside the liver. This term is commonly used in medical contexts to indicate that a particular condition or procedure is specifically related to the liver and its internal components.

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  • 9. 

    What prefix means above or excessive?

    • A.

      Hyper-

    • B.

      Ab-

    • C.

      Post-

    • D.

      Intra-

    Correct Answer
    A. Hyper-
    Explanation
    The prefix "hyper-" means above or excessive. It is commonly used in medical terms to indicate an excessive or abnormal state, such as hyperactive or hypertension.

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  • 10. 

    Study of the stomach is the definition of what medical term?

    • A.

      Prevenous

    • B.

      Gastrology

    • C.

      Hepatitis

    • D.

      Osteopathy

    Correct Answer
    B. Gastrology
    Explanation
    The correct answer is gastrology. Gastrology is the medical term that refers to the study of the stomach. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders related to the stomach, such as gastritis, ulcers, and gastric cancer. Gastrologists are specialized doctors who focus on the digestive system, particularly the stomach. They use various diagnostic techniques, such as endoscopy and imaging tests, to assess the condition of the stomach and provide appropriate medical interventions.

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  • 11. 

    What is the medical term that means pertaining to the stomach and liver?

    • A.

      Osteoarthritis

    • B.

      Gastrohepatic

    • C.

      Arteriovenous

    • D.

      Cardiopathy

    Correct Answer
    B. Gastrohepatic
    Explanation
    The medical term "gastrohepatic" means pertaining to the stomach and liver. "Gastro-" refers to the stomach, and "-hepatic" refers to the liver. This term is used to describe conditions, diseases, or procedures that involve both the stomach and the liver.

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  • 12. 

    Which medical term has two word roots?

    • A.

      Osteoarthritis

    • B.

      Cardiopathy

    • C.

      Intravenous

    • D.

      Subhepatic

    Correct Answer
    A. Osteoarthritis
    Explanation
    Osteoarthritis is the correct answer because it is a medical term that consists of two word roots, "osteo" meaning bone and "arthritis" meaning joint inflammation. This term describes a degenerative joint disease that primarily affects the bones and joints. The other options, cardiopathy, intravenous, and subhepatic, do not have two word roots.

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  • 13. 

    What is the definition of the medical term "osteitis"?

    • A.

      The study of joints

    • B.

      Inflammation of the bones

    • C.

      Disease of the arteries

    • D.

      Measure of liver function

    Correct Answer
    B. Inflammation of the bones
    Explanation
    Osteitis refers to inflammation of the bones. This medical term specifically focuses on the inflammatory condition affecting the bones, which can be caused by various factors such as infection, injury, or autoimmune diseases. It is important to differentiate osteitis from other conditions that may affect joints or arteries, as osteitis specifically refers to bone inflammation.

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  • 14. 

    What is the definition of the suffix "-scopy"?

    • A.

      An instrument used for viewing

    • B.

      Pertaining to instruments

    • C.

      Use of an instrument for viewing

    • D.

      Study of instruments

    Correct Answer
    C. Use of an instrument for viewing
    Explanation
    The suffix "-scopy" refers to the use of an instrument for viewing. It is commonly used in medical terms to indicate procedures involving the use of a scope or instrument to visualize and examine internal body structures. This suffix is derived from the Greek word "skopein," which means "to look" or "to see." Therefore, the correct definition of the suffix "-scopy" is the use of an instrument for viewing.

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  • 15. 

    What is the meaning of the prefix "ab"?

    • A.

      Away from

    • B.

      Under

    • C.

      To follow after

    • D.

      Excess

    Correct Answer
    A. Away from
    Explanation
    The prefix "ab" is commonly used in words to indicate movement or direction away from something. For example, in words like "abandon" or "abduct," the prefix "ab" signifies moving away or separating from something. Therefore, the correct answer is "away from."

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  • 16. 

    A syllable placed at the beginning of a word is called a/an:

    • A.

      Prefix

    • B.

      Combining form

    • C.

      Word root

    • D.

      Suffix

    Correct Answer
    A. Prefix
    Explanation
    A syllable placed at the beginning of a word is called a prefix. A prefix is a word part that is added to the beginning of a base word to create a new word with a different meaning. It can change the overall meaning or give additional information about the word. In this case, the prefix is placed at the beginning of the word and modifies its meaning.

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  • 17. 

    The suffix -itis means:

    • A.

      Pertaining to

    • B.

      Inflammation

    • C.

      Excess

    • D.

      To cut into

    Correct Answer
    B. Inflammation
    Explanation
    The suffix -itis is commonly used in medical terminology to indicate inflammation. It is derived from the Greek word "itis" which means inflammation. Therefore, when a word has the suffix -itis, it refers to a condition or disease characterized by inflammation.

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  • 18. 

    The suffix -pathy means:

    • A.

      Condition

    • B.

      Death

    • C.

      Tissue

    • D.

      Disease

    Correct Answer
    D. Disease
    Explanation
    The suffix -pathy is commonly used in medical terminology to indicate a disease or disorder. It is derived from the Greek word "pathos," which means suffering or disease. Therefore, the correct answer is "disease."

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  • 19. 

    "Later/o" is a word root meaning:

    • A.

      Comes after

    • B.

      Sooner

    • C.

      Side

    • D.

      Middle

    Correct Answer
    C. Side
    Explanation
    The word root "later/o" refers to the concept of "side." This means that when this word root is used in a word, it is indicating a relationship to the side or lateral aspect of something. It is important to understand word roots like "later/o" in order to decipher the meaning of medical or scientific terms that use this root.

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  • 20. 

    The prefix endo- means:

    • A.

      Above

    • B.

      Between

    • C.

      After

    • D.

      Within

    Correct Answer
    D. Within
    Explanation
    The prefix "endo-" is derived from the Greek word "endon," which means "within" or "inside." Therefore, when used as a prefix, "endo-" indicates something that is located or occurs within a particular object or system.

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  • 21. 

    The medical term arteriology means:

    • A.

      Study of joints

    • B.

      Study of arteries

    • C.

      Pertaining to blood vessels

    • D.

      Study of windpipes

    Correct Answer
    B. Study of arteries
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "study of arteries." Arteriology is a medical term that specifically refers to the study of arteries. Arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the rest of the body. Therefore, studying arteries involves understanding their structure, function, diseases, and treatments.

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  • 22. 

    The initial letter or letters of each successive part or major part of a compound term forms a/an:

    • A.

      Synonym

    • B.

      Pseudonym

    • C.

      Eponym

    • D.

      Acronym

    Correct Answer
    D. Acronym
    Explanation
    An acronym is formed by taking the initial letter or letters of each successive part or major part of a compound term. In this case, the given compound terms are "synonym," "pseudonym," "eponym," and "acronym." The initial letters of each term are "s," "p," "e," and "a." Therefore, the correct answer is "acronym."

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  • 23. 

    The definition of the medical term arthropathy is:

    • A.

      Disease of a joint

    • B.

      Condition of a joint enlargement

    • C.

      Visual examination of a joint

    • D.

      Inflammation of a joint

    Correct Answer
    A. Disease of a joint
    Explanation
    Arthropathy is a medical term that refers to a disease of a joint. This means that it is a condition that affects the joints, causing pain, stiffness, and sometimes inflammation. It is important to note that arthropathy can be caused by various factors such as injury, infection, autoimmune disorders, or degenerative conditions. Therefore, the correct answer for this question is "disease of a joint".

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  • 24. 

    The medical term meaning "pertaining to the stomach" is:

    • A.

      Castric

    • B.

      Gastrectomy

    • C.

      Gastrohepatic

    • D.

      Gastric

    Correct Answer
    D. Gastric
    Explanation
    The term "gastric" is derived from the Greek word "gaster" which means stomach. Therefore, "gastric" is the correct medical term meaning "pertaining to the stomach".

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  • 25. 

    The pregnant client will soon deliver a baby head first. This presentation is known as:

    • A.

      Caudal

    • B.

      Cephalic

    • C.

      Ventral

    • D.

      Distal

    Correct Answer
    B. Cephalic
    Explanation
    The term "cephalic" refers to the presentation of the baby's head being positioned first during delivery. This is the most common and ideal presentation for a vaginal delivery. The other options, "caudal," "ventral," and "distal," do not accurately describe the position of the baby's head during delivery.

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  • 26. 

    In a dorsal recumbent position, the client is lying on his/her

    • A.

      Back

    • B.

      Front

    • C.

      Left side

    • D.

      Right side

    Correct Answer
    A. Back
    Explanation
    In a dorsal recumbent position, the client is lying on their back. This position is commonly used for medical examinations or procedures that require access to the front of the body. Lying on the back allows for easy examination of the abdomen, chest, and genital areas. It also provides a comfortable and stable position for the client during the procedure.

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  • 27. 

    If a physician has ordered a lateral chest x-ray, the chest x-ray will be taken from which view

    • A.

      Top

    • B.

      Front

    • C.

      Side

    • D.

      Back

    Correct Answer
    C. Side
    Explanation
    A lateral chest x-ray is taken from the side view. This means that the x-ray machine will be positioned to the side of the patient, and the x-ray beam will pass through the patient from one side to the other. This view allows the physician to see the structures and organs in the chest from a side perspective, which can provide valuable information for diagnosing certain conditions or evaluating the position of medical devices such as tubes or catheters.

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  • 28. 

    The patient has an injury on his shin. The nurse should check the circulation distal to the point of the injury. The nurse should check circulation in the:

    • A.

      Foot

    • B.

      Knee

    • C.

      Calf

    • D.

      Thigh

    Correct Answer
    A. Foot
    Explanation
    The nurse should check circulation in the foot because it is the area distal to the point of injury. Checking circulation in the foot will help assess the blood flow and ensure that there are no circulation issues or complications related to the injury.

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  • 29. 

    The medical term for pertaining to below a reference point is:

    • A.

      Posterior

    • B.

      Distal

    • C.

      Lateral

    • D.

      Inferior

    Correct Answer
    D. Inferior
    Explanation
    The term "inferior" in medical terminology refers to a position or location below a reference point. It is used to describe a structure or body part that is situated lower or further down in relation to another structure. In this case, "inferior" is the correct answer as it accurately represents the meaning of being below a reference point in medical terminology.

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  • 30. 

    What is part of the viscera of the abdominal cavity?

    • A.

      Bladder

    • B.

      Brain

    • C.

      Liver

    • D.

      Heart

    Correct Answer
    C. Liver
    Explanation
    The liver is part of the viscera of the abdominal cavity. It is a large, reddish-brown organ located in the upper right side of the abdomen. The liver plays a vital role in various metabolic processes, including detoxification, protein synthesis, and the production of bile. It also stores vitamins, minerals, and glycogen. Additionally, the liver helps regulate blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, and hormone levels in the body.

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  • 31. 

    The patient presents with trauma to his arm. The health care provider should carefully assess what region?

    • A.

      Inguinal

    • B.

      Brachial

    • C.

      Cervical

    • D.

      Femoral

    Correct Answer
    B. Brachial
    Explanation
    The patient's trauma is specifically related to his arm, so the healthcare provider should carefully assess the brachial region. The brachial region refers to the area of the upper arm, including the muscles, bones, and blood vessels in that area. By assessing this region, the healthcare provider can gather important information about the extent of the trauma and determine the appropriate course of treatment.

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  • 32. 

    If a patient presents complaining of lower back pain, the health care provider would do a close assessment of what region?

    • A.

      Lumbar

    • B.

      Thoracic

    • C.

      Brachial

    • D.

      Gluteal

    Correct Answer
    A. Lumbar
    Explanation
    When a patient presents with lower back pain, the healthcare provider would do a close assessment of the lumbar region. The lumbar region refers to the lower part of the back, specifically the area between the ribcage and the pelvis. It is commonly associated with lower back pain as it bears the most weight and is susceptible to strain and injury. Assessing the lumbar region would involve examining the spine, muscles, and nerves in that area to identify the cause of the pain and determine appropriate treatment.

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  • 33. 

    What abdominal region is just below the cartilage of the ribs?

    • A.

      Hypochondriac

    • B.

      Iliac

    • C.

      Lumbar

    • D.

      Hypogastric

    Correct Answer
    A. Hypochondriac
    Explanation
    The correct answer is hypochondriac. The hypochondriac region is located just below the cartilage of the ribs. It is one of the nine abdominal regions and is situated on the upper left and right sides of the abdomen, beneath the ribcage.

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  • 34. 

    A pathologist is a physician who studies what?

    • A.

      Disease

    • B.

      Infection

    • C.

      Physiology

    • D.

      Trauma

    Correct Answer
    A. Disease
    Explanation
    A pathologist is a physician who studies disease. They specialize in examining the causes, nature, and effects of diseases through laboratory tests, microscopic analysis, and autopsies. Pathologists play a crucial role in diagnosing diseases and providing insights into their progression and treatment options. They work closely with other healthcare professionals to ensure accurate diagnoses and contribute to patient care.

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  • 35. 

    The health care provider conducts an interview and assessment to discover the cause of the client's disease, which is its:

    • A.

      Etiology

    • B.

      Diagnosis

    • C.

      Symptom

    • D.

      Sign

    Correct Answer
    A. Etiology
    Explanation
    The health care provider conducts an interview and assessment to discover the cause of the client's disease, which is its etiology. Etiology refers to the study of the cause or origin of a disease. By conducting an interview and assessment, the health care provider aims to gather information and identify the factors or events that led to the development of the client's disease. This understanding of the etiology is crucial in determining the appropriate treatment and management strategies for the client.

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  • 36. 

    The patient compolains of headache and nausea. The health care provider should chart these:

    • A.

      Symptoms

    • B.

      Diagnoses

    • C.

      Signs

    • D.

      Traumas

    Correct Answer
    A. Symptoms
    Explanation
    The healthcare provider should chart the patient's complaints of headache and nausea as symptoms. Symptoms are subjective experiences reported by the patient, such as pain or discomfort, and are important indicators for diagnosing and treating medical conditions. In this case, the patient's symptoms of headache and nausea can provide valuable information for the healthcare provider to assess and determine the appropriate course of action.

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  • 37. 

    Which medical term is spelled correctly?

    • A.

      Sequelae

    • B.

      Infrachrondal

    • C.

      Caudial

    • D.

      Anterioposterior

    Correct Answer
    A. Sequelae
    Explanation
    Sequelae is the correct spelling for the medical term. It refers to the after-effects or complications that occur as a result of a disease, injury, or medical condition. The other options, infrachrondal, caudial, and anterioposterior, are not spelled correctly and do not have specific medical meanings.

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  • 38. 

    What is a suffix meaning pertaining to?

    • A.

      Ad

    • B.

      Al

    • C.

      Logy

    • D.

      Pathy

    Correct Answer
    B. Al
    Explanation
    The suffix "al" means pertaining to. This can be seen in words like "medical" (pertaining to medicine), "biological" (pertaining to biology), and "emotional" (pertaining to emotions). Therefore, "al" is the correct answer as it matches the given meaning.

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  • 39. 

    The word part for head is:

    • A.

      Carp/o

    • B.

      Cervic/o

    • C.

      Crani/o

    • D.

      Cephal/o

    Correct Answer
    D. Cephal/o
    Explanation
    The correct word part for head is "cephal/o". This word part is derived from the Greek word "kephalē" which means head. It is commonly used in medical terms to refer to the head or the skull. For example, "encephalitis" refers to inflammation of the brain, where "encephal" comes from "cephal/o".

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  • 40. 

    ______ is toward the back

    • A.

      Posterior

    • B.

      Superior

    • C.

      Anterior

    • D.

      Cephalad

    Correct Answer
    A. Posterior
    Explanation
    The term "posterior" refers to the back or rear of an object or organism. In anatomical terms, it specifically refers to the back or dorsal side of the body. Therefore, when something is described as "posterior," it means that it is located towards the back.

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  • 41. 

    ______ means pertaining to both sides

    • A.

      Lateral

    • B.

      Bilateral

    • C.

      Quadrilateral

    • D.

      Unilateral

    Correct Answer
    B. Bilateral
    Explanation
    Bilateral means pertaining to both sides. It is derived from the Latin word "bi-" meaning two and "latus" meaning side. Therefore, bilateral refers to something that involves or affects both sides or parties.

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  • 42. 

    A _______ is a hollow space containing body organs

    • A.

      Tissue

    • B.

      Organ

    • C.

      System

    • D.

      Cavity

    Correct Answer
    D. Cavity
    Explanation
    A cavity is a hollow space that can contain body organs. It is a term used in anatomy to describe a space within the body that is surrounded by tissues or organs. Examples of cavities in the human body include the cranial cavity, thoracic cavity, abdominal cavity, and pelvic cavity. These spaces provide protection and support for the organs they contain while allowing for movement and flexibility.

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  • 43. 

    A combination of similar cells that share a common goal is/are:

    • A.

      Organelle

    • B.

      Tissue

    • C.

      Organ

    • D.

      System

    Correct Answer
    B. Tissue
    Explanation
    A combination of similar cells that share a common goal is called tissue. Tissues are groups of cells that work together to perform a specific function in the body. They can be found in various organs and systems and are essential for the proper functioning of the body.

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  • 44. 

    The prefix homeo- means

    • A.

      Equal

    • B.

      Different

    • C.

      Similar

    • D.

      Unequal

    Correct Answer
    C. Similar
    Explanation
    The prefix "homeo-" is derived from the Greek word "hómoios," which means "similar" or "alike." Therefore, the correct answer is "similar." This prefix is commonly used in scientific and medical terms to indicate similarity or resemblance, such as in the term "homeostasis," which refers to the body's ability to maintain a stable internal environment.

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  • 45. 

    The ______ plane vertically divides the body into right and left halves

    • A.

      Coronal

    • B.

      Transverse

    • C.

      Horizontal

    • D.

      Midsaggital

    Correct Answer
    D. Midsaggital
    Explanation
    The midsaggital plane, also known as the median plane, is a vertical plane that divides the body into equal right and left halves. It passes through the midline of the body, specifically through the sagittal suture of the skull and the umbilicus (belly button). This plane is commonly used in anatomical and medical studies to analyze the symmetry and organization of structures in the body.

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  • 46. 

    The ______ cavity is the space in the skull containing the brain

    • A.

      Cranial

    • B.

      Abdominal

    • C.

      Spinal

    • D.

      Thoracic

    Correct Answer
    A. Cranial
    Explanation
    The correct answer is cranial. The cranial cavity refers to the space in the skull that contains the brain. This cavity provides protection for the brain and its surrounding structures. The term "cranial" is derived from the Latin word "cranium," which means skull. The other options, abdominal, spinal, and thoracic, refer to different cavities in the body that are not specifically related to the brain.

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  • 47. 

    In the anatomic position, the palms are:

    • A.

      To the front

    • B.

      To the side

    • C.

      To the middle

    • D.

      To the back

    Correct Answer
    A. To the front
    Explanation
    In the anatomical position, the palms are facing forward. This means that when the arms are extended by the sides of the body, the palms are facing forward or towards the front of the body. This position is commonly used as a reference point in anatomy and is important for describing the location and orientation of various body structures.

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  • 48. 

    The _______ system consists of the skin and its appendages

    • A.

      Lymphatic

    • B.

      Integumenatary

    • C.

      Skeletal

    • D.

      Cutaneous

    Correct Answer
    B. Integumenatary
    Explanation
    The correct answer is integumentary. The integumentary system refers to the skin and its appendages, such as hair, nails, and glands. This system serves as a protective barrier for the body, regulating temperature, preventing water loss, and housing sensory receptors. It also plays a role in vitamin D synthesis and immune defense.

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