Sound Alike Words
Words that sound similar can be confusing, especially medical terms. Words that sound alike but have different meanings are called homonyms. For example, pear (fruit) and pair (a set of two things).
Homonyms may either be homophones or homographs:
Meditec has compiled a list of sound alike words in the medical field that have different meanings. We hope this list guides you through your courses in the healthcare field and helps expand your vocabulary. Students may also consult a medical dictionary if needed. Knowledge of these words is necessary to avoid confusion. There may be dire consequences in the meaning of the text, especially when lives are at stake.