About Us

What is Medymology?

The language of medicine is vast and complex taking years to master. Here at Medymology, we strive to create the first major medical study source that teaches medicine, in the most literal sense, from its roots.

Our site is dedicated to helping students in all walks of medicine learn the complex language, by utilizing the Latin and Greek from which it is derived. By breaking the words down into their basic pieces, we aim to teach the language and make meaningful memorable connections to help students learn.

What We Provide

Medymology is the first crowdsourced study tool based in medical etymology, created for students by students. Our site breaks down the complex language of medicine into its parts and provides an easy to remember definition that reflects the roots from which it is derived.

Medymology also provides high yield board tested material, interesting historical and pop-culture references that make the material both more interesting and memorable and a variety of other study tips including mnemonics, helpful hints and other study tools shared by the community!

The Research

Studies have shown that understanding the etymology of medical terms significantly enhances student engagement and academic performance. A study at the Mayo Clinic in 2006 by Smith et al. found that learning medical Latin and Greek improved medical student performance and comfort when learning and using medical terminology. Another study by Farjah and Feizipour in 2012 showed that teaching etymology along with anatomy increased students’ interest and participation in class, resulting in a more meaningful learning experience and better student performance. Many undergraduate institutions are recognizing the benefit of pre-health professional understanding of classical languages. prestigious universities including but not limited to Northwestern University, The University of Notre Dame and the University of Pittsburgh now offer specific medical Latin classes for pre-medical professional students

For patients, studies have shown that improved health literacy, understanding their condition, greatly improves patient outcomes (Adams 2010). By teaching doctors the basic terminology from which the language of medicine comes allows physicians to better communicate and engage their patients.