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Health - At the doctor's / Santé - Chez le docteur

Useful list of vocabulary related to a visit at the GP's / doctor's

Vocab

un/une généraliste GP (general practitioner) / primary care physician
un médecin généraliste GP (general practitioner) / primary care physician
un médecin traitant GP (general practitioner) / primary care physician
un cabinet médical a medical practice
la salle d'attente the waiting room
la salle d'auscultation examination room (medical)
la salle de consultation consultation room
la table d'examen examining table
ausculter to examine (a patient)
palper to palpate
avoir mal à …. to have a pain/ache in one's …
la douleur pain
un symptôme a symptom
un infirmier a nurse (m)
une infirmière a nurse (f)
la tension artérielle blood pressure
un stéthoscope a stethoscope
un battement de cœur a heartbeat
le battement de [son] cœur [one's] heartbeat
prendre le pouls de [quelqu'un] to take/feel [someone]'s pulse
une prise de sang the action of drawing blood / blood test (following drawing blood)
faire une prise de sang to draw blood / to take a blood sample
une analyse de sang a blood test
une ordonnance a prescription
un anti-douleur a painkiller
un analgésique a painkiller

Q&A Forum 2 questions, 6 answers

KimberB2Kwiziq community member

La salle de consultation

This term is used rather than "salle d'auscultation". I've never heard this term ever used in France.
Asked 2 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Many different terms in French for various parts of the medical work space, just as in English. Also, as in English, some are known/used mostly within the field rather than at patient/consumer level:

Salle de consultation is esentially the normal consulting room or office (depending on your English region) - so this is what you will hear referred to most frequently (and it appears far more often on google search results than salle d'auscultation), as it is where the majority of medical consultations and activity occurs - interestingly it hasn't been included on the vocabulary list; 

salle d'auscultation is more specifically an "examination room" (for physical examination);

salle d'examen generally refers to a room with diagnostic testing equipment, or one with more 'advanced' equipment for specialised/ sophisticated physical examinations;

Of course, as the consultation room and the general examination room can be one and the same, there is some overlap - and salle de consultation is used very frequently in reference to these 'combined' rooms also.

There is also salle d'attente, salle de traitement, salle d'accouchement, salle d'isolement and salle d'opération among others etc etc:

 https://www.equipmedical.com/fr/products/ensemble-examen-epoxy

 

http://www.artinhome.fr/amenagement-et-decoration-des-salles-de-consultations/

https://www.alamyimages.fr/photo-image-salle-d-examen-medical-11535839.html

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Just for the medically interested: auscultation is the process of tapping the body in a percussive way and listening for changes in sound. It is a very specific technique of medical examination.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

That is true in English Chris, but 'ausculter' in French also has a more general meaning of examine/consult etc, and 'auscultation' is not just a medical term in French. I can confirm that 'ausculter' is in everyday, colloquial written and spoken use in France for a medical assessment/ examination generally, not just 'auscultation'. 

https://www.wordreference.com/fren/ausculter

https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/auscultation/6521

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/ausculter (See the examples of usage of ausculter).

CécileKwiziq team member

Merci Kimber (et  Maarten pour cette réponse très détaillée), nous avons ajouté ‘salle de consultation’ à la liste.

Bonne Continuation!

La salle de consultation

This term is used rather than "salle d'auscultation". I've never heard this term ever used in France.

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KimberB2Kwiziq community member

Need to add le pouls

un mot clé qui manque 

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Merci Kimber, nous l’avons ajouté à la liste.

PaulC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Need to add le pouls

un mot clé qui manque 

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