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Expanding and Maximizing Your Vocabulary for OET Having an extensive medical vocabulary is not enough to ace the Occupational English Test Philippines. You must also know how to make the most of it. Read on to find out how.

Expanding Your Healthcare Vocabulary Since some parts of the OET exam are not profession-specific like Part A of the listening-sub-test, it’s crucial that you have an extensive general healthcare vocabulary. Here are some of the terms that you need to know and their simplified definitions. 

Abduction – a movement away from the middle of the body

Aerosol – substance or drugs in mist form


Aural – having to do with the ear

Biopsy – the extraction of tissue so it can be analyzed under a microscope

Bowel – the intestine

Cardiodynia – heart pain

Contusion – bruise

Dermis – the inner layer of the skin

Disseminate – to spread or scatter

Embolus – blood clot

Emesis – vomiting

Flatus – farting or passing gas

Fracture – broken bone

Gastrodynia – stomach pain

Hepatoma – a growth in the liver

Hyperventilation – breathing that is too fast

Hypopnea – slow or weak breathing

Intracranial – inside the skull

Inversion – turning inwards

Kyphosis – hunchback

Larynx – voice box

Lipid – fat

Malignant – harmful or cancerous

Motility – ability to move

Neonate – a newborn infant

Nevus – birthmark

Otalgia – ear ache

Palate – the roof of the mouth

Polydipsia – extreme thirst

Renal – having to do with the kidney

Subcostal – below the ribs

Supine – lying on the back

Tenodynia – pain in the tendon

Ulcer – sore

Verruca – wart

Void – urinate

Xeroderma – dry skin


Take note: these are only some of the words that you need to know. So, don’t limit your vocabulary expansion efforts to what’s on this list. Don’t memorize these words and phrases. Slowly work them into your general vocabulary. Practice using them during your OET course to retain their spelling, meaning, and pronunciation.

Maximizing Your Healthcare Vocabulary As a healthcare professional, you must be adept in translating technical and common vocabulary.

You need to have the ability to understand what the patient is saying in non-medical terms and convert it into something more technical—as you would when filling out a form or relaying information to your colleague. You also need to have the ability to do this the other way around (simplifying medical terms for your patients). Enrolling in an OET course is the best way to hone these skills.

Here are some examples. 

The patient said that they can’t always get to the restroom in time. You may write this down on the patient’s medical records as “problems with incontinence.”

The doctor recommended tonsillectomy. You may relay this information to the patient or the patient’s guardian as “he/she needs to have his tonsils removed.”

Demonstrate your extensive vocabulary during the writing and speaking sub-tests to impress your OET examiner and raise your scores. Keep your writings and responses accurate and concise. Don’t use terminologies that are inappropriate or irrelevant to the topic. Make the most of your vocabulary during your OET review course sessions. Not yet enrolled in a training program? If so, you’re missing out. OET instructors can not only teach you everything you need to know to ace the test, but they can also help you hone your communicative skills for the exam. Prepare with the best OET review center in your area to go over and beyond your grade goals!

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Expanding and Maximizing Your Vocabulary for OET  

Since some parts of the OET exam are not profession-specific like Part A of the listening-sub-test, it’s crucial that you have an extensive...

Expanding and Maximizing Your Vocabulary for OET  

Since some parts of the OET exam are not profession-specific like Part A of the listening-sub-test, it’s crucial that you have an extensive...

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