Sometimes medical terms aren’t just long and confusing, at times they can be downright laughable. There are seemingly countless conditions, and you (hopefully) won’t ever learn first-hand about any of them unless you’re in the medical field. However, you can still impress your friends at trivia night.

Whether you’re studying for an upcoming certification or simply have an interest in healthcare after one too many “House” episodes, it’s time to brush up on some of the strangest monikers for conditions out there. Luckily, these will be a lot easier to stick in your head than pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis (for the record, that’s the longest word in the English language).

Spastic colons and cul-de-sac

“Spastic” is a favorite term for tweens, but it also has significance in the medical field. It’s used to describe when a colon is acting off in any way, whether it leads to pain, diarrhea or constipation. Back in the day, spastic wasn’t heard in the halls of Middle Schools to describe a freak or geek, so the medical community does have dibs on it.

As for cul-de-sac, it’s not that dead end road in your neighborhood. However, it’s actually medical slang for the g-spot. Yes, doctors have their own slang, too, and you have to admit it’s a cuter name for something that many women find improper to talk about in polite company. Mention it at your next OBGYN visit though, and your doctor will know exactly what you mean.

Frog leg and jail fever

A frog leg isn’t just found on your plate at fine dining restaurants, but also on x-rays. It’s when a leg x-ray is taken from a side angle, and named because turning it out makes it resemble a frog. Again, this isn’t standard medical speak, but if you hang out with an x-ray tech long enough, you’re bound to hear it.

Then there’s jail fever, which isn’t something the likes of Lindsay Lohan has. It’s actually a type of bacterial infection that can be spread by fleas or lice. As if the pests aren’t enough, you can actually get diseases from them which is why addressing any outbreaks right away is crucial.

Easier than Latin

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in the healthcare field, rest assured that there are plenty of industry slang terms to talk about just anything. You don’t need to study your Latin just yet, but it might be a good idea. After all, your patients might be concerned if you ask them if they want copies of their frog leg.


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