Im going to refer you to an otolaryngologist, your doctor says casually before typing it into your medical records. The syllables roll off her tongue, and all you can do is blink. An oto-what?
Sound familiar? Despite how many Latin-influenced words you use every day (like alibi or impromptu), those doctor titles are on another level. Heres how to pronounce the most commonand most challengingdoctor names.
1. Opthamologist: /off thul MAHL uh jist/
An opthamologist is a medical doctor who works with eye function and eye diseases (not to be confused with an optometrist, who is the primary vision care professional). You might visit your ophthalmologist if you need eye surgery, or have diabetic retinopathy.
2. Hematologist: /hee muh TAHL uh jist/
A hematologist specializes in blood health and blood disorders, according to the American Society of Hematology. They treat people with blood disorders like anemia, blood clots, and blood cancers (e.g. leukemia and lymphoma). Psst Here are facts about blood you probably didnt know.
3. Endocrinologist: /en duh krin AHL uh jist/
Endocrinologists work with the endocrine glands. These are hormone-producing glands such as the thyroid, hypothalamus, ovaries, ...