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French Hospital Vocabulary

French Hospital Vocabulary

Lexique de l’hôpital

This page contains an extensive list of vocabulary words which you can use in the hospital (l’hôpital). Many of these words are almost the same as English. This is because both the English and French medical words are derived from Latin. Also, you will find that most of the words use the feminine gender (la versus le).


Places and departments in the hospital

  • la salle des urgence emergency room
  • la maternité maternity ward
  • le service de soins intensifs intensive care unit
  • l’urologie urology
  • l’endocrinologie endocrinology
  • la cardiologie cardiology
  • la kinésithéapie physiotherapy
  • la radiologie radiology
  • la psychiatrie psychiatry
  • la salle d’opération operating room
  • la salle ward
  • la clinique clinic
  • la pédiatrie children’s ward
  • l’endocrinologie endocrinology
  • l’oncologie oncology
  • la ophtalmologie opthmalmolgy
  • la chambre privée private room

People in the hospital

  • le médecin doctor
  • l’infirmier, l’infirmière nurse
  • l’anesthésiste anaesthetist
  • le spécialiste consultant/specialist
  • le chirurgien surgeon

Equipment and other

  • l’analyse de sang blood test
  • la scanographie scan
  • renvoyé discharged
  • le résultat result
  • l’analyse test
  • l’injection injection
  • l’opération operation
  • l’orientation d’un patient referral
  • l’orthopédie orthopeady
  • la dermatologie dermatology
  • la chirurgie surgery
  • la courbe chart
  • le chariot trolley/stretcher
  • la chaise roullante wheelchair
  • la radio x-ray
  • admis admitted
  • les heures de visite visiting hours

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