Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads


Pertaining to the science dealing with the application of physical method's and theories to biologic problems

chief complaint

The reason for the patient's seeking medical care.


Pertaining to the operation of the mind; referring to the process by which we become aware of perceiving, thinking, and remembering.


Agreement; the state occurring when the verbal expression of the message matches the sender's nonverbal body language.


Concise technical description of the cause, nature, or manifestations of condition or problem. Initial: Physician's temporary impression, sometimes called a working diagnosis. Differentiated diagnosis: comparison of two or more diseases with similar signs and symptoms. Final: Conclusion physician reaches after evaluating all findings, including laboratory and other test results.


Occurring in or affecting members of a family more than would be expected by chance.

present illness

The chief complaint, written in chronological sequence, with dates of onset.


Pertaining to a combination of psycho logic and social factors.


Relationship of harmony and accord between the patient and the health care professional.


simply paraphrasing or repeating.


involves repeating the main idea of the conversation while also identifying the feelings of the sender. Reflective statements clearly demonstrate to patients that you are not only listening to their words, but you are also attending to their feeling.


seeks to summarize or simplify the sender's thoughts. Opportunity to clear up any misconceptions.

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again


Reload the page to try again!


Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording