INTERMEDIATE - VOCABULARY 2


SICKNESSES
These are common sicknesses. Most of them we can treat ourselves. Some of them we would see a doctor for and some of them require us to go to hospital.

Use your dictionary to find some of the meanings.

abcess
ache
allergy
amnesia
appendicitis
asthma
backache
bite
blister
bleeding
boil
bronchitis
broken leg
bruise
burn
cut
constipation
cough
cramps
cyst
dislocated shoulder
dizziness
diabetes
diarrhoea
fever
flu
gastric upset
graze

headache
heat stroke
heart attack
hiccup/hiccough
high blood pressure
infection
indigestion
lump
nausea
nosebleed
pain
palpitation
polyps
rash

rheumatism
sciatica
sore throat
spasm
sprain
sting
sunstroke
stomach ache
swelling
torn ligament
ulcer
venereal disease
wound
wart

 

COMMON REMEDIES / CURES  
anti-depressant
anti-biotic
anti-coagulant
anti-inflammatory
anti-histamine
antibiotic
anaesthetic
sleeping pill
penicillin
transfusion
tranquiliser

 

COMMON VOCABULARY
contagious
injection
temperature
thermometer
prescription
scalpel

 

DESCRIBING PAIN

ache
sore
pain

We use ache with these words: head, stomach, ear and back.
For other areas of the body we say 'I have a sore ... ' OR 'I have a pain in my ...'

I have a headache.
He has a stomachace.
Jen has a sore toe.
Paul has a sore foot.

Paul has a pain in his foot.
Meg has a pain in elbow.


WHERE DO YOU GO?

clinic
hospital
doctors surgery

A clinic and a doctors' surgery are the same. They are small offices with a waiting room and a room for each doctor. The doctors there are General Practitioners. They check your general health. You might see them if you have a bad cold, or if you keep getting headaches. They sometimes perform small procedures like removing a wart. You never stay overnight in a clinic or a doctors' surgery.

If you have a broken leg, you don't usually go to a doctors' surgery or a clinic, you go to a hospital. A hospital is a very large building with lots of specialist doctors and lots of nurses. People can stay overnight or they can come in for a day procedure. If there is an accident they might come into the emergency ward.


Answer these questions.
1. If I have nausea, I feel pain in my . (stomach / foot / head)

2. She sprained it. What could she have sprained? (stomach / foot / head)

3. The doctor gave her an antibiotic. What has she got? (an infection / sunstroke / headache)

4. She has the hiccups. What should she do? (eat something / drink water / see her doctor immediately)

5. She lost a lot of blood. What does she need? (an anaesthetic / a sleeping pill / a transfusion)

6. Paul has an allergy. What might he need? (anti coagulant/ anti histamine / anti depressant)

7. Where would you feel palpitations?
(stomach / heart / head)

8. Where would you go if you needed an operation for cancer? (clinic / hospital / doctors' surgery)

9. Which part of your body can you use before the word ache? (fingers / chest / back)

10. What effect will a tranquiliser have? (make you relax / stop bleeding / help a stomachache)

 
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