Medical Terminology: A Living Language, 5th Edition © 2024

Medical Terminology: A Living Language, published by Pearson, teaches students to identify the parts of words from anatomy and physiology. Through this mastery of medical language, the course shows how it can be applied in real-world situations.

  • New Sections on Professionalism and Workplace Communication
  • New streamlined design for visual learners
  • Updated terminology and phonetic pronunciations
  • Powerful Pearson MyLab® online course

Medical Terminology CTE Program with Digital Resources

Students learn to identify, define, and recombine the parts of medical terms for further career development in healthcare.


Highly Visual Format

Illustrations and other aids help connect the terminology to specific structures or systems, making Medical Terminology easier to understand and memorize


Self-Assessment Opportunities

Practice as You Go “speed bumps” were added to this edition as a way for students to gauge their own progress throughout the course.


Student Empowerment Online

The Pearson MyLab® platform provides interactive resources so students can explore health science topics in greater depth and at their own pace.


Prepare Students for Certification

Medical Terminology meets the standards for the Medical Terminology Certification from YouScience™

Medical Terminology Technical Education Teaching Solutions

  • Clear Goals to Guide Learning
  • Word Learning Aids
  • Pearson MyLab® Online Resources

Clear Goals to Guide Learning

  • Comprehensive Word Parts
    The text includes a comprehensive list of word parts and additional practice problems targeting spelling, adjective formation, and grasp of basic anatomy and physiology.
  • Clarity for Learning Objectives
    Objectives at the beginning of each module visually display the skills and knowledge needed for successful completion.
  • Conceptual Exercises
    Labeling Exercises and Practice Exercises help reinforce key concepts.
  • Review Questions
    Review Questions at the end of each section allow students to measure their progress.
  • Real-World Applications
    Chapter Reviews feature real-world applications, such as Medical Records Analysis, Chart Note Transcription, and Case Studies.

Word Learning Aids

  • Key Terms
    Key Terms at the beginning of each chapter make it easy to gain an overview and help with high-level review of the content.
  • Color Coding
    Color-coded Word Parts make each textbook feature easy to recognize throughout.
  • Useful Features
    Useful features such as Med Term Tip, Word Watch, or What’s in a Name offer creative ways to gain understanding and to memorize key terminology.
  • Terminology Tables
    Terminology Tables display all chapter-relevant terms in one convenient location.

Pearson MyLab® Online Resources

  • Student eText
    The full student eText comes with search, navigation, and note-taking functions like a real textbook.
  • Instructional Videos
    Engaging instructional videos reinforce terms and concepts.
  • Guided Lectures
    Guided Lectures feature the author of the book presenting narrated overviews for each chapter.
  • Assignments and Assessments
    Interactive homework assignments and assessments offer instant feedback that is also recorded to the Gradebook.
  • Instructor Support
    A wealth of features is available to teachers, including making assignments for the class or individual students, plus tracking and reporting progress.

Take a deeper look into Medical Terminology’s features


Program Overview

Tour the tools and features available in Medical Terminology to help teachers and students succeed.

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Pearson MyLab® Overview

Tour the engaging features of the Pearson MyLab® learning platform.

Online Platforms for your Medical Terminology CTE Program

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Pearson MyLab® gives every student personalized tools to succeed. The flexible, online experience combines unrivaled content, assessments, and customization.

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The Bookshelf by VitalSource® eText platform features include search and navigation, bookmarking, note taking, creating personalized study tools and more. The latest enhancements to the platform even include AI generated assessment questions called Bookshelf CoachMe®.

Additional Medical Terminology Resources

  • Downloadable Teacher Resources
  • TestGen® Test Bank and Software
  • Visual Aid PowerPoint® and Dynamic Rise Presentations
  • Answer Keys

Downloadable Teacher Resources

Access the complete collection of Teacher Resources provided for Anatomy, Physiology and Disease.

Download Teacher Resources

TestGen® Test Bank and Software

Teachers can quickly select questions and create tests that align with the textbook. With customization available, creating multiple versions for academic integrity is an easy process.


Visual Aid PowerPoint® and Dynamic Rise Presentations

Pre-made presentations correlate to the content of each chapter, so teachers can easily use them during an in-person lecture or an online class.


Answer Keys

The downloadable Student Activity - Guide Answer Key includes answers to all activities and lab scenarios.


Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Terminology

  • What topics are included in the Table of Contents?

    In the new edition, the chapters have been structured so each group of terms match to chapter-specific body focus areas:

    • Introduction to Medical Terminology
    • Body Organization
    • Integumentary System
    • Musculoskeletal System
    • Cardiovascular System
    • Blood and the Lymphatic and Immune Systems
    • Respiratory System
    • Digestive System
    • Urinary System
    • Reproductive System
    • Endocrine System
    • Nervous System and Mental Health
    • Special Senses: The Eye and Ear



  • What grade levels is this text appropriate for?

    Grades 9-12

  • What types of courses is this text best suited for?
    This program is designed for Medical Terminology courses.
  • Does the course align to any industry certifications?

    Medical Terminology meets the standards for the Medical Terminology Certification from YouScience™.

  • What Student Resources are available?
    Available student resources include: Student Edition, Pearson MyLab® Student Access, Bookshelf by VitalSource® eText, and Student Lab Manual.
  • What Teacher Resources are available?
    Available Teacher Resources include: Teacher’s Edition, Pearson MyLab® Teacher Access, TestGen® Test Bank, Visual Aid PowerPoint® presentations, Rise presentations, and Downloadable Student Activity Guide Answers.
  • What are the digital license options?
    Student digital access to Pearson MyLab® can be purchased for 1 or 6 years.
  • Can the standalone eText be purchased?
    Yes, the option is available to purchase student licenses to the Student Edition eText on Bookshelf by VitalSource®.
  • How can teachers utilize the TestGen® software?

    The questions available in TestGen automatically align to the Medical Terminology text. Teachers can further customize based on class needs and to ensure academic integrity.


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