Learn Medical Spanish

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Medical professionals realize the importance of communication, and with more Spanish speakers in the US than in Spain, it is more likely than ever for medical professionals to encounter Spanish-speaking patients.

Enter Lingvist. We now offer a mini-course on medical Spanish for both medical professionals and patients, with vocabulary and medical phrases you are likely to find in a health care setting.

You will learn all of this Spanish medical vocabulary in example sentences, and our AI will make sure you retain this vocabulary much faster. Sign up for Lingvist and start the medical Spanish mini-course with your free trial!

Medical Spanish Vocabulary and Phrases

The medical Spanish vocabulary that you will find in this mini-course is below, along with the examples sentences in which they appear.

Spanish English
medicamento

Ciertos tipos de medicamentos pueden causar dependencia.
medicines

Certain types of medicines may cause physical dependence.
tratamiento

Con un diagnóstico claro se le podrá dar un tratamiento adecuado.
treatment

A clear diagnosis will allow for appropriate treatment.
fármaco

Los nuevos fármacos deben someterse a ensayos clínicos.
drugs, medicines

New drugs must undergo clinical trials.
médico

Hoy voy al médico porque estoy enfermo.
doctor

I am going to the doctor today because I am ill.
antibiótico

Estos pacientes necesitan una o más dosis de antibiótico.
antibiotic, antiobiotics

These patients need one or more doses of antibiotics.
medicación

Una vez que tengas la receta, hay varios lugares donde pueden dispensarte la medicación.
medication, treatment

Once you have your prescription, there are several places you can get the medication dispensed.
paciente

Doce pacientes completaron el ensayo y cuatro lo abandonaron.
patients

Twelve patients completed the trial and four dropped out.
sangre

Tienes un poco de sangre en la cabeza.
blood

You've got some blood on your head.
embarazada

Está embarazada de cinco meses.
pregnant

She is five months pregnant.
aspirina

Para el dolor de cabeza, tómese una aspirina o un ibuprofeno.
aspirin

Take aspirin or ibuprofen for your headache.
dentista

Mi dentista me encontró una caries.
dentist

My dentist found a cavity in my tooth.
catéter

El catéter es un tubo de plástico hueco similar a una vía intravenosa.
catheter

The catheter is a hollow plastic tube that is similar to intravenous tubing.
analgésico

Los analgésicos parecen estar haciéndolo razonablemente bien.
painkillers

The painkillers seem to be doing a reasonable job.
riñón

El riñón humano tiene forma de frijol.
kidney

The human kidney is shaped like a bean.
procedimiento

Antes de someterse a cualquier procedimiento médico, debe firmarse una renuncia.
procedure

You must sign a waiver before undergoing any medical procedure.
quimioterapia

Llevaba meses en tratamiento con quimioterapia, pero el cáncer regresó y se extendió.
chemotherapy

He had undergone months of chemo, but the cancer had returned and spread.
diagnóstico

Con un diagnóstico claro se le podrá dar un tratamiento adecuado.
diagnosis

A clear diagnosis will allow for appropriate treatment.
tumor

Estos tumores son agresivos y difíciles de manejar.
tumours

These tumours are aggressive and difficult to manage.
anestesia

Esta cirugía se realiza con anestesia local y lleva una hora aproximadamente.
anaesthesia, anesthesia

This surgery is performed under local anaesthesia and it takes about an hour.
resfriar

Ella supo que se había resfriado cuando su nariz empezó a gotear.
caught a cold

She knew she had caught a cold when her nose started dripping.
asma

El asma es una enfermedad que afecta a mucha gente hoy en día.
asthma

Asthma is a condition that affects many people nowadays.
cirujano

Es posible que su cirujano le prescriba medidas para evitar que se formen coágulos de sangre.
surgeon

Your surgeon may prescribe measures to prevent blood clots from forming.
cirugía

Esta cirugía es de bajo riesgo y dura 30 minutos, más o menos.
surgery

This is a low-risk surgery and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
ibuprofeno

La aspirina y el ibuprofeno pueden aliviar el dolor y reducir la hinchazón.
ibuprofen

Aspirin and ibuprofen may relieve pain and reduce swelling.
farmacéutico

Le pidió al farmacéutico que llamase a su médico y verificase la receta.
pharmacist

He asked the pharmacist to call his doctor and verify the prescription.
envase

Rediseñar el envase de este producto cuesta 14 millones de dólares.
packaging, container

It costs $14 million to redesign the packaging of this product.
hipotiroidismo

La ausencia de yodo significaría un aumento de peso inmediato e hipotiroidismo.
hypothyroidism

The absence of iodine would mean an immediate weight gain and hypothyroidism.
trasplante

Un trasplante de páncreas supone una alternativa a otros tratamientos de la diabetes.
transplant

A pancreas transplant is an alternative to other treatments for diabetes