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Lääketieteen sanasto / Medical Glossary

Date of Publication


Target Group


Domain Area

Medicine & Nursing

Learning Scenario

Autonomous learning

Target Language


Language of Instruction


CEFR level


Type of Material

Reference resources (online Dictionaries/ grammar guides/phrasebooks)

Linguistic Features





Lääketieteen sanasto is an online dictionary and includes short definitions and descriptions on the medical terminology and abbreviations. Lääketieteen sanasto is monolingual dictionary useful for native Finnish speakers and also for non-native Finnish speakers. The dictionary contains all terms in an alphabetical order with several references to related terms of the multi-layered medical vocabulary, characterized by a large amount of purpose-made new vocabulary replacing foreign language terms in the field. In addition to studying purposes, general medicine students as well as other healthcare professionals and students may use the material to develop his/her language and communication skills and also to ease patient-oriented communication. The dictionary is very useful also for translation-mediation students specializing in medical Finnish with precise, accurate and up to date terms.

Case study

Lääketieteen sanasto is at the moment the only available online source for medical terminology of Finnish language. The source can be adapted for use in LSP classrooms. The retrieval of information about terms and their correct use is useful for both native and non-native Finnish speaker medical and general health care students as well as for specialized translation and language mediation and intercultural communication students. It suits well for comprehension exercises of specialized texts. The use of this source requires an intermediate or advanced stage of Finnish language learning and a basic knowledge of the structures of Finnish. Working on terminology can also be very useful for understanding and acquiring the theoretical principles and specific terminology of a given field of knowledge, the teaching source adapts well for CLIL teaching strategies. The teaching source suits well for autonomous work and support for writing and reading medical texts as well classroom activities, and can be proposed also in a pre-sessional courses in order to prepare for specific courses.


Use the dictionary to look up terms is by browsing through the alphabetical list of technical and popular medical terms and abbreviations: the list contains all terms in an alphabetical order with several references to related terms.


Comprehensive approach
Capacity to match the needs of lecturers and students


Added value
The provided tangible improvements


Motivation enhancement
The capacity to motivate students to improve their language skills


Effectiveness in introducing innovative, creative and previously unknown approaches to LSP learning


Measurement of the transferable potential and possibility to be a source of further capitalisation/application for other language projects in different countries


Skills assessment and validation
Availability of appropriate tools for lecturers to monitor students’ progress and for students to assess own progress and to reflect on learning


Flexibility of the contents and possibilities for the LSP lecturers to adapt the contents to their and to students’ need


Assess the technical usability from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


Assess the accessibility from the point of view of the lecturer and the student


The Lääketieteen sanasto medical glossary provides medicine and healthcare students an useful tool to enrich, expand and update the fast changing medical terminology in Finnish. The dictionary is also very useful for students specializing in medical translation and mediation. The use of the glossary requires good Finnish language competence. The glossary is easily accessible and usable for students and teachers. It does not provide innovative approach in language teaching but it highly matches the students and healthcare professionals needs as an up to date medical terminology reference resource. The resource can be used also by medical interpreters and translators (or students). It suits well both for the classroom context and individual study.
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