Linguistics 101 – Where did some clinical terms originate?
Greek physician Hippocrates noted that some tumours with swollen veins look like crabs. The zodiac sign of Cancer also gets its name from the constellation’s resemblance to a crab.
Vascular= relating to blood vessels such as arteries and veins
Cardiovascular diseases are diseases that affect the heart and/or blood vessels.
Diabetes= a passer through; siphon
Diabetes patients are known to urinate frequently (such as the passing of fluid through a siphon), and this urine is often rich in sugars which cannot be absorbed by the body.
Osteo= of the bone
Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the bones and joints become inflamed and painful.