David Recine

English for Medical Professionals: Vocabulary Review

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at vocabulary words that are useful in English for medical professionals. Today, we’re going to review these words and learn how they sound. Below, each of the 14 vocabulary words form this series are shown in a sentence. Click the audio for each word to hear me read the word and its sentence out loud.


The infant remained healthy in the months after she was born.


Because toddlers like to move around and explore, it’s very easy for two and three-year-olds to get hurt or sick.


To keep your body cool in hot weather, be sure to drink lots of fluids.


He got screened for cancer, and was happy to find out that he was perfectly healthy.


Symptoms of the common cold include a runny nose and red, itchy eyes.


The normal human body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, so a temperature of 103 is a pretty bad fever.

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Dehydration can cause dry mouth and dry skin.

food poisoning

The American Food and Drug administration makes rules that keep food safe and prevent food poisoning.


The medical disorder causes light spots on the patient’s skin.


She ran to the bathroom because she had diarrhea.


If you eat something that is very bad for your body, you may sometimes vomit it back up.


He can’t work today; he is home with a virus.


The scientist studied the bacteria under a microscope.


We watched a horror movie about an alien parasite that slowly ate the insides of people.


Many children who complain of stomach problems have the rotavirus.

Norwalk virus

The Norwalk virus is very common this time of year, so if  you start to feel sick to your stomach, that’s probably the cause.


He has some sort of virus, but he’s mostly coughing and blowing his nose. Maybe it’s the adenovirus.

e. coli

Did you hear the news? They found e. coli in a shipment of meat, so they had to destroy the meat. That way, nobody gets sick from eating it.


I got salmonella from eating eggs that hadn’t been cooked enough. The doctor says I need to rest as much as possible for the next few weeks.


Follow-up listening activity

In my next post on this subject, I’ll give you a short audio talk about pediatrics (child healthcare). The talk will use all of the vocabulary words in this post. So you’ll get a chance to hear all these words in context, as authentic English for medical professionals. Watch this space!


  • David Recine

    David is a Test Prep Expert for Magoosh TOEFL and IELTS. Additionally, he’s helped students with TOEIC, PET, FCE, BULATS, Eiken, SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. David has a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. His work at Magoosh has been cited in many scholarly articles, his Master’s Thesis is featured on the Reading with Pictures website, and he’s presented at the WITESOL (link to PDF) and NAFSA conferences. David has taught K-12 ESL in South Korea as well as undergraduate English and MBA-level business English at American universities. He has also trained English teachers in America, Italy, and Peru. Come join David and the Magoosh team on Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram, or connect with him via LinkedIn!

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