Anatomy & Physiology Respiratory #20

Question

Which term is used to document the presence of difficulty breathing noted in the provision of client care?

Answers

  1. Eupnea
    • Rationale:

      Eu- is a word element that means normal. When used with the combining form -pnea, eupnea means normal breathing.

  2. Dyspnea
    • Rationale:

      Dys- is a word element that means difficult. When used with the combining form -pnea, dyspnea means difficulty breathing.

  3. Tachypnea
    • Rationale:

      Tachy- is a word element that means rapid. When used with the combining form -pnea, tachypnea means rapid breathing.

  4. Bradypnea
    • Rationale:

      Brady- is a word element that means slow. When used with the combining form -pnea, bradypnea means slow breathing.

Overview

Medical terminology is often used to document both normal, and abnormal, findings in the client medical record.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

The combining form, ‘-pnea’ means respiration or breath. It is used to form compound words that designate a kind of breathing or condition of the respiratory system, which is specified by the initial element (e.g., eu-, dys-, tachy-, brady-). Dys- indicates bad or difficult; therefore, the word dyspnea means difficulty breathing.

Test Taking Tip

Use your knowledge of medical terminology to break down each word listed as an answer choice to correctly answer this question.

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