Anatomy & Physiology Reproductive #16
Which medical term means to give new life?
Ejaculate is a medical term that means to eject semen from the body; therefore, this is not the medical term that means give new life.
Procreate is a medical term that means to give new life. Procreation occurs through the act of sexual intercourse, in most instances, where a sperm fertilizes an ovum.
Decontaminate is a medical term that means to remove dangerous substances (e.g., microorganisms, radioactivity) from an area, individual or object; therefore, this is not the medical term that means give new life.
Thermoregulate is a medical term that means to control body temperature; therefore, this is not the medical term that means to give new life.
Medical terminology, a system of words based on prefixes, root words and suffixes, is used to describe the human body. This description includes the not only components, conditions, and processes of the human body but also procedures that can be performed upon it.
Medical terminology is used to communicate in provision of client care in the healthcare setting. Medical terms can be broken down, or defined, based on prefixes, root words, and suffixes. The suffix, -ate, means possessing or having the characteristics or appearance. The reproductive medical term procreate means to give new life.
Test Taking Tip
Review the root of each medical term, in addition to any prefixes or suffixes, to determine the correct answer choice for this question.