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Medical (Dutch Words for Illness etc.)

emergency preparedness
Doctors in Holland speak good English; this page is only meant to help you in layman conversations about illnesses.
See also: Health Conversations Template (below)

Temperature
Doctors, Clinic
Nurses
Illnesses, Symptoms, Treatment
Body Parts
Pregnancy
Pain, Sick, Tired
Metric and Imperial Weights and Lengths
Pictures
Miscellaneous Words
Vitamins
Medical Conversations Template

[a bar chart comparing imperial and metric dimensions]
degrees
graden
click to
      hear
degrees Celsius
graden Celsius
click to
      hear
36.9
zesendertig negen
click to
      hear
(de) koorts click to hear 2 ('fever')
(de) verhoging click to hear ('a slight fever, a temperature')
35
vijfendertig
click to
      hear
36
zesendertig
click to
      hear
37
zevenendertig
click to
      hear
38
achtendertig
click to
      hear
39
negenendertig
click to
      hear
40
veertig
click to
      hear
41
eenenveertig
click to
      hear
42
tweeënveertig
click to
      hear
0
nul
click to
      hear
1
één
click to
      hear
2
twee
click to
      hear
3
drie
click to
      hear
4
vier
click to
      hear
5
vijf
click to
      hear
6
zes
click to
      hear
7
zeven
click to
      hear
8
acht
click to
      hear
9
negen
click to
      hear
health - (de) gezondheid click to hear healthy - gezond click to hear sick, ill - ziek click to hear illness - (de) ziekte click to hear
Get well! - beterschap! click to hear (wishing you) strength - sterkte click to hear

Doctors, Clinic

family doctor huisarts click to
      hear 2
dentist tandarts click to
      hear 2
specialist specialist click to
      hear
surgeon chirurg click to
      hear
(French CH)
oral surgeon kaakchirurg click to hear 2
[jaw surgeon]
anaesthesia (de) verdoving click to
      hear 2
surgery (de) operatie click to
      hear
dermatologist huidarts click to
      hear
ophthalmologist oogarts click to
      hear
veterinarian dierenarts click to
      hear
pediatrician kinderarts click to
      hear
gynaecologist vrouwenarts click to
      hear
midwife vroedvrouw click to
      hear 2 3
new mother kraamvrouw click to
      hear
psychologist psycholoog click to
      hear 2
(P is pronounced)
psychiatrist psychiater click to
      hear
(P is pronounced)
pharmacist apotheker click to
      hear 2
pharmacy (de) apotheek click to
      hear 2
prescription (het) recept click to
      hear
(also: recipe)
referral (de) verwijzing click to hear 2
hospital (het) ziekenhuis click to
      hear 2
ambulance (de) ambulance (Fr.) click to hear
urgent case,
emergency
(het) spoedgeval click to hear 2
emergencies noodgevallen click to
      hear 2 >>
appointment (de) afspraak click to
      hear
walk-in
office hours
(het) spreekuur click to
      hear 2 3
waiting room (de) wachtkamer click to
      hear 2
patient patiënt click to
      hear
The word arts click to hear 2 ('MD, doctor') by itself is a bit formal. The common word, and how you address an MD is dokter click to hear ('doctor') - which sounds slightly different from Dutch doctor click to hear ('a person with a PhD.')
Dutch (de) kliniek click to hear 'clinic' is a small hospital, usually for a specialty; to see a medical specialist, people in Holland visit a polikliniek click to hear 2 3 4 that's almost always part of a hospital.

Nurses

nurse verpleegkundige click to hear (formal)
nurse (female) verpleegster click to hear 2
nurse (male) verpleger click to hear
addressing a female nurse mevrouw click to
      hear - zuster click to hear
addressing a male nurse meneer click to
      hear - (broeder click to hear)
nurse (male) ziekenbroeder click to hear (old-fashioned)

Illnesses, Symptoms, Treatment

inflammation (de) ontsteking click to
      hear
infection
(de) infectie click to hear
virus (het) virus click to hear
bacterium (de) bacterie click to hear
contagious besmettelijk click to hear
hereditary,
congenital
erfelijk click to
      hear 2 3
pneumonia (de) longontsteking click to
      hear
['lung infection']
appendicitis (de) blindedarmontsteking click to
      hear
['blind-gut infection']
ulcer (de) maagzweer click to
      hear 2
['stomach sore']
heart attack (de) hartaanval click to
      hear 2
stroke (de) hersenbloeding click to
      hear 2
['brain-haemorrhage']
anaemia (de) bloedarmoede click to
      hear
['blood poverty']
concussion (de) hersenschudding click to
      hear 2
['brain-shaking']
diabetes (de) suikerziekte click to
      hear
[sugar-illness]
cancer (de) kanker click to
      hear 2
edema, oedema,
water retention
(het) oedeem click to hear
examination (het) onderzoek click to hear 2
test, examination,
'physical'
(de) keuring click to hear 2
allergy (de) allergie click to
      hear
I'm allergic to cats Ik ben allergisch voor katten click to
      hear 2
hay fever (de) hooikoorts click to
      hear 2 (pollen allergy)
the flu (de) griep click to hear 2
flu shot (de) griepprik click to
      hear
hypodermic needle, syringe (de) injectienaald click to
      hear 2
IV (intravenous drip) (het) infuus click to
      hear
nosebleed (de) bloedneus click to hear 2
blister (de) blaar click to
      hear 2
to disinfect ontsmetten click to
      hear
band-aid (de) pleister click to
      hear
wound dressing, bandaging (het) verband click to
      hear
small bandage (het) verbandje click to
      hear
suture, medical stitch (de) hechting click to
      hear
plural: hechtingen click to
      hear 2 3
without anaesthesia zonder verdoving click to
      hear
local anaesthesia plaatselijke verdoving click to
      hear
X-ray (picture) (de) Röntgenfoto click to
      hear
symptom (het) symptoom click to
      hear
syndrome (het) syndroom click to
      hear 2
remedy (de) remedie click to
      hear 2
therapy (de) therapie click to
      hear
therapist (de) therapeut click to
      hear

Body Parts

the: de click to hear / het click to hear = 't click to
    hear >>
a: een, 'n click to
    hear - one: één click to hear

heart (het) hart click to
    hear
pulse, heart rate (de) hartslag click to hear 2
blood (het) bloed click to
      hear
vein (de) ader click to hear 2
artery (de) slagader click to hear 2
lungs longen click to
      hear
mouth (de) mond click to hear
saliva (het) speeksel click to
      hear 2
throat (de) keel click to
      hear
esophagus (de) slokdarm click to hear 2
stomach (de) maag click to
      hear
intestines, bowels darmen click to
      hear
digestion (de) spijsvertering click to
      hear
nutritional values (de) voedingswaarde click to
      hear >>
liver (de) lever click to
      hear
kidneys nieren click to
      hear
spleen (de) milt click to hear 2 3
belly (de) buik click to
      hear
belllybutton, navel (de) navel click to
      hear 2
umbilical cord (de) navelstreng click to
      hear 2
uterus (de) baarmoeder click to
      hear

skin (de) huid click to
      hear
muscle (de) spier click to
      hear 2
bone (het) bot click to hear
joint (het) gewricht click to hear 2
gland (de) klier click to hear 2 3
head (het) hoofd click to hear
face (het) gezicht click to hear 2
jaw (de) kaak click to hear 2 3
breast (de) borst click to hear
arm (de) arm click to hear 2
armpit (de) oksel click to hear 2 3
hand (de) hand click to hear
finger (de) vinger click to hear
leg (het) been click to hear 2
knee (de) knie click to hear
kneecap (de) knieschijf click to hear 2 3
foot (de) voet click to hear
toe (de) teen click to hear
instep, arch
(foot)
(de) wreef click to hear 2 3
nerve (de) zenuw click to
 hear
(the) nervous system (het) zenuwstelsel click to hear 2
(the) brain hersenen click to
      hear
'brains' hersens click to
      hear
unconscious
(knocked out)
bewusteloos click to
      hear
unconscious
(asleep or in coma)
buiten bewustzijn click to
      hear
unconscious
(without thinking)
onbewust click to
      hear
aware, conscious
// (specific)
bewust click to
      hear
the subconscious het onderbewuste click to
      hear 2
(het) gezicht click to hear 2 face
het) voorhoofd click to hear 2 brow
wenkbrauwen click to hear eyebrows
ogen click to hear eyes
(het) ooglid click to hear 2 3 eyelid
oren click to hear ears
(de) neus click to hear nose
(de) mond click to hear mouth
lippen click to hear lips
tanden click to hear (front) teeth
wangen click to hear cheeks
(de) kin click to hear 2 chin
't elektrische botje click to hear 2 3 the 'funny bone' (on the elbow, see 'ulnar nerve, cubital tunnel')
See also
a few pictures and the Miscellaneous List further below,
and Easy Dutch: The Human Body

Pregnant, Baby

pregnant zwanger click to
      hear - 2
'expecting' in verwachting click to
      hear - 2
(baby) delivery bevalling click to
      hear
a difficult delivery een zware bevalling click to hear 2
new mother kraamvrouw click to
      hear
wee click to hear
weeën * click to hear
contraction
contractions
birth geboorte click to
      hear
baby baby (English) click to
      hear
mother moeder click to
    hear ‑>>
See also: Words of Life
(De) keizersnede click to hear 2 3 ('caesarean section') - Dutch (de) keizer click to hear means 'emperor' - from the Roman/Latin name 'Caesar.' Julius Caesar may have come into the world that way.
'Wee' is probably from the same root as German 'Weh' (pain.) 'Wee' also found in the word (de) heimwee click to hear 2 ( homesickness)

Pain, Sick, Tired

ziek click to hear sick, ill
misselijk click to hear 2 3 4 nauseated
(de) pijn click to hear pain, ache
moe click to hear 2 3 4 tired
duizelig click to hear 2 3 dizzy
I don't feel well Ik voel me niet lekker click to hear
I'm sick Ik ben ziek click to hear
I have a cold Ik ben verkouden click to
      hear
I am cold Ik heb 't koud click to
      hear
Did you take the temperature? ?? Heeft U (de) temperatuur opgenomen? click to
      hear 2
Do you have a fever? Heeft U koorts? click to
      hear 2
Are you feeling better? Voel je je beter? click to
      hear 2 (informal)
I have a fever Ik heb koorts click to
      hear
I have a high fever Ik heb hoge koorts click to
      hear
I have a temperature Ik heb verhoging click to
      hear
I have the flu Ik heb griep click to
      hear
I feel like I have the flu Ik voel me grieperig click to
      hear
Ik ben grieperig click to
      hear 2
I'm in pain Ik heb pijn click to
      hear 2
I have a headache Ik heb hoofdpijn click to
      hear 2
I have a sore throat Ik heb keelpijn click to
      hear 2
I have an earache Ik heb oorpijn click to
      hear
I have a toothache Ik heb kiespijn click to
      hear 2
I have a stomachache Ik heb buikpijn click to
      hear - 2
(I have a stomachache Ik heb maagpijn click to
      hear 2)
I have muscle aches Ik heb spierpijn click to
      hear
I have a backache Ik heb rugpijn click to hear 2 3 4
[I have pain in my back] My back hurts Ik heb pijn in m'n rug click to hear 2 3
swallowing hurts slikken doet pijn click to hear 2
I am nauseated Ik ben misselijk click to
      hear 2
I feel dizzy Ik ben duizelig click to
      hear 2
I have diarrhea Ik heb diarree click to
      hear
It gives me headaches Ik krijg er hoofdpijn van click to hear 2
It makes me sick, it gives me nausea Ik word er misselijk van click to hear 2 3
I have thrown up (vomited) Ik heb overgegeven click to
      hear - 2
I had to throw up (vomit) Ik moest overgeven click to
      hear
My stomach is bothering me Ik heb last van m'n maag click to
      hear
My stomach is bothering me a lot Ik heb veel last van m'n maag click to
      hear
I often have headaches Ik heb vaak hoofdpijn click to
      hear
I am tired Ik ben moe click to
      hear 2
I'm so tired Ben zo moe click to
      hear
I am very tired Ik ben erg moe click to
      hear 2
He was very tired Hij was erg moe click to
      hear
I am extremely tired Ik ben heel erg moe click to
      hear 2
He is extremely tired Hij is heel erg moe click to
      hear
I am terribly tired Ik ben verschrikkelijk moe click to
      hear 2
I'm still tired Ik ben nog steeds moe click to hear 2 3 4
I'm still tired, fatigued from it Ik ben er nog moe van click to hear 2 3 4
Were you tired? Was je moe? click to hear
He looks tired Hij ziet er moe uit click to hear
fatigue (de) vermoeidheid click to
      hear 2
tiring vermoeiend click to
      hear 2
exhausted uitgeput click to
      hear 2
well-rested goed uitgerust click to hear 2
'potato fatigue' - a plant disease, nutrition deficiency actually (de) aardappelmoeheid click to hear 2
[It makes me dead-tired] - it's exhausting // (usually) very annoying Ik word er doodmoe van click to hear
[Rather lazy than tired] - preferring not making an effort Liever lui dan moe click to hear 2 (saying)
Moe click to hear 2 3 'tired' is almost only used as an adverb. For the adjective 'tired' use vermoeid click to hear / vermoeide click to hear more
onvermoeibaar click to hear 2 'tireless'

More medical conversations below

Metric and Imperial Weights and Lengths

[a bar chart comparing imperial and metric dimensions]
[a bar chart comparing imperial and metric dimensions]
Numbers - More Dimensions
[thermometers]
thermometers click to hear 2
singular: (de) thermometer click to hear
[pills]
pillen click to hear 2
singular: (de) pil click to hear 2 3
[suppository] [suppository]
zetpil click to hear 2
[hot-water bottle]
kruik click to hear

A Few Body Parts

[wrist]
(de) pols click to hear
[hand]
(de) hand click to hear
[thumb]
(de) duim click to hear
[fingernail]
(de) nagel click to hear
[index finger]
(de) wijsvinger click to hear
[middle finger]
(de) middelvinger click to hear
[ring finger]
(de) ringvinger click to hear
[little finger]
(de) pink click to hear
vingers click to hear ('fingers') - note the different NG pronunciation between English and Dutch fingers.
The color pink ('white' skin) is roze click to hear in Dutch. It's a French word - hence the funny O.
[left hand]
(de) linkerhand click to hear 2
[right hand]
(de) rechterhand click to hear 2
[eye]
(het) oog click to hear 2
[eyebrow]
(de) wenkbrauw click to hear
[ear]
(het) oor click to hear
[nose]
(de) neus click to hear
[nose]
(de) neus click to hear
[cheek]
(de) wang click to hear
[mouth]
(de) mond click to hear
[teeth]
tanden click to hear - more
[lips]
lippen click to hear
[arm in cast]
Ik zit in 't gips click to hear 2
[I'm in plaster] - I have a cast
[blister]
(de) blaar click to hear 2
[blood blister]
(de) bloedblaar click to hear 2 3

Miscellaneous Listing

Lichaamsdelen click to hear ('body parts') - (het) orgaan click to hear 2 ('organ' - plural: organen click to hear) - but the music 'organ' is (het) orgel click to hear

The human (and horse) 'head' is (het) hoofd click to hear, while animals have a (de) kop click to hear.
Likewise, humans (and horses) have benen click to hear 2 'legs' - singular: (het) been click to hear 2 3 4 ('leg')
'bones' are botten click to hear singular: (het) bot click to hear
Animals (and tables and chairs) have poten click to hear for legs - singular: (de) poot click to hear
Humans' mouth is (de) mond click to hear - while animals, including horses have bekken click to hear - singular (de) bek click to hear (think of: 'beak')

(de) arm click to hear ('arm') - the Dutch word also means 'poor' (also both not rich and pitiable) - plural: armen click to hear 2
(de) elleboog click to hear ('elbow') - plural: ellebogen click to hear 2 -
(de) schouder click to hear ('shoulder') - plural: schouders click to hear
bovenbenen click to hear ('upper legs') - (de) onderarm click to hear ('lower arm')

(de) knie click to hear ('knee' - do notice that K is pronounced) - plural: knieën click to hear 2
(de) kuit click to hear 2 ('calf, lower leg') - (de) enkel click to hear ('ankle') - plural: enkels click to hear 2
(de) voet click to hear ('foot') - plural: voeten click to hear 2 ('feet')
(de) teen click to hear ('toe') - plural: tenen click to hear ('toes') - (de) grote teen click to hear ('big toe')

(de) ruggengraat click to hear ('backbone, spine') - (de) rug click to hear - ('back') and (de) graat click to hear 2 is usually 'fish bone'
- wervels click to hear ('vertebrae') - (het) sleutelbeen click to hear 2 ('collarbone')
(de) rib click to hear 2 ('rib') - ribben click to hear 2 ('ribs') - rib / ribben click to hear 2
(de) ribbenkast click to hear 2 ('ribcage')

(het) bekken click to hear ('pelvis') - (de) heup click to hear ('hip') - (de) lies click to hear 2 ('crotch,' where the leg joins the body)
(de) dij / dijen click to hear ('thigh, thighs') - (de) bil / billen click to hear ('buttock, buttocks') - (de) rondingen click to hear 2 3 ('curves')

(het) netvlies click to hear 2 ('retina') - (het) hoornvlies click to hear ('cornea')
(de) wenkbrauw click to hear 2 ('eyebrow') - plural: (de) wenkbrauwen click to hear - (de) wimpers click to hear 2 ('eyelashes')
(de) blinde vlek click to hear 2 3 ('blind spot')

Tanden click to hear (singular: (de) tand click to hear) are only the 'front teeth'
the back teeth ('molars'?) are kiezen click to hear - the singular is (de) kies click to hear
verstandskiezen click to hear 2 3 'wisdom teeth' - (de) hoektand click to hear 2 3 ['corner tooth'] incisor
'kiezen' is also a verb meaning 'to choose.'
kauwen click to hear 2 ('to chew') - (de/het) kauwgom click to hear ('chewing gum') -
tandarts click to hear 2 ('dentist') - tandartsassistente click to hear 2 3 ('dentist's assistant' - female)
(de) kaak click to hear 2 3 ('jaw') - (de) kaakchirurg click to hear 2 ('oral surgeon')
(De) kiespijn click to hear ('toothache') - (de) zenuwbehandeling click to hear (['nerve treatment'] - 'root canal (treatment)')
(de) bovenkaak click to hear 2 3 ('upper jaw') - (de) onderkaak click to hear 2 3 ('lower jaw')

(het) voorhoofd click to hear 2 (['head front'] - 'brow') - (de) voorhoofdsholte click to hear (['brow cavity'] - 'sinus')
(de) voorhoofdsholteontsteking click to hear 2 3 ('sinus infection')

(de) blaas click to hear 2 ('bladder') - (de) gal click to hear ('gall') - (de) galblaas click to hear 2 ('gall bladder')

(het) lichaam click to hear ('human body' - or use English 'body') - (het) lijk click to hear ('corpse, dead human body')
(het) kadaver click to hear 2 3 / (het) karkas click to hear 2 3 ('cadaver, usually: dead animal body')
(de) lijkschouwing click to hear 2 3 (['corpse deep-viewing'] - 'autopsy')

(de) bloeddruk click to hear 2 y3 blood pressure
(de) bloedgroep click to hear 2 3 ('blood group, blood type')   O click to hear 2 ('letter O')   A click to hear   B click to hear   AB click to hear 2 3
negatief click to hear 2 3 - positief click to hear 2 3
(de) trombose click to hear 2 3 (thrombosis, blood clotting)

(de) migraine (French) click to hear 2 ('migraine')
(de) kater click to hear 2 ('hangover' - also: 'male cat') -
ik voelde me katterig click to hear ('I had a hangover') - also said of having the flu. Doesn't it feel about the same?

(de) hondsdolheid click to hear ([dogs' craziness] 'rabies') - een dolle hond click to hear 2 ('a rabid dog')
tetanus click to hear 2 ('tetanus')

(de) adem click to hear breath
ademhalen click to hear 2 3 4 5 to breathe
(de) ademhaling click to hear 2 breath, breathing
adembenemend click to hear breathtaking, astonishing, awe-inspiring

click to hear niezen click to hear 2 3 ('to sneeze') - "Gezondheid!" click to hear ("Bless you!")
In het Nederlands zeggen we 'gezondheid!' als iemand niest click to hear
In Dutch we say 'gezondheid!'  when somebody sneezes

hoesten click to hear 2 ('to cough')
(de) hoestbui click to hear 2 ('coughing fit') - (de) hoest click to hear ('cough')
kuchen click to hear 2 ('to cough softly' - clearing your throat) - click to hear 2 3 (de) kuch click to hear ('a soft cough' - also: "soldiers' bread")
(de) boer click to hear ('burp' x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x - also: 'farmer,' and 'jack' in cards)
(de) wind click to hear 2 ('fart' - also: 'wind') - een wind laten click to hear 2 ('to fart')

puistjes click to hear 2 ('acne') - meeëter click to hear ('acne pimple')
(de) jeuk click to hear ('itch') - krabben click to hear ('to scratch')
(de) wrat click to hear 2 ('wart') - in Dutch, W before R is pronounced as V
(de) rimpel click to hear 2 ('wrinkle') - (het) eelt click to hear 2 3 4 ('calluses, hardened skin')

hygiëne click to hear 2 3 ('hygiene') - hygiënisch click to hear 2 ('hygienic') - steriel click to hear 2 ('sterile')

snoezelen click to hear a sensory stimulation therapy - a made-up word combination of snuffelen click to hear ('to playfully explore') and doezelen click to hear 2 ('to doze, to be half-awake, half-asleep,') probably reinforced by English 'to snooze' - (de) snoezelkamer click to hear 2 ('snoezelen room')

blind click to hear 2 ('blind') - doof click to hear 2 ('deaf') - doofstom click to hear ('deaf-mute') is an especially unpleasant word, because stom click to hear 2 also means 'stupid'

(de) verlamming click to hear ('paralysis' - think of: 'lame')
verlamd click to hear 2 - (lam click to hear lame, paralyzed)
bedlegerig click to hear bedridden
(de) handicap (English) click to hear 2 3 - disability
Ik heb een handicap click to hear 2 ('I have a disability')

(de) wond click to hear ('wound, injury') / (de) verwonding click to hear ('wound, injury')
(het) lichamelijk letsel click to hear 2 ('bodily harm') - ernstig click to hear 2 ('serious')
(het) litteken click to hear 2 3 ('scar, mark')
(de) blessure click to hear 2 ('sports injury') - hij is geblesseerd click to hear 2 ("he has sustained a sports injury")
gekneusd click to hear 2 3 'bruised'
bont en blauw click to hear 2 ([multicolored and blue] - 'black and blue') - blauw oog click to hear 2 ('black eye' - injured)
(de) zonnesteek click to hear 2 3 ('sunstroke, heatstroke')

Kanker click to hear 2 ('cancer') - (het) tumor click to hear ('tumor, growth') - (het) gezwel click to hear 2 3 ('swelling, lump, growth')
goedaardig click to hear 2 3 ('benign') - kwaadaardig click to hear 2 3 4 ('malignant')
(de) leukemie click to hear 2 3 ('leukemia')

(het) reuma click to hear 3 4 ((de) artritis click to hear 2 3) arthritis - (de) jicht click to hear 2 3 gout

(het) vergif click to hear 2 ('poison') - (de) vergiftiging click to hear 2 3 ('poisoning')
(de) voedselvergiftiging click to hear 2 ('food poisoning,' "stomach flu" - buikgriep click to hear 2 'stomach flu')
- (de) bloedvergiftiging click to hear ('blood poisoning, septicaemia') - (de) blikvergiftiging click to hear 2 3 (['tin can poisoning'] - when you leave food in an opened can metals dissolve into the food)
overgeven click to hear 2 and braken click to hear 2 3 are 'to vomit, to throw up.' My mother used to say spugen click to hear 2 but that's more commonly 'to spit'
(het) braaksel click to hear 2 ('vomit' - the product)

(de) incubatietijd click to hear 2 ('incubation period') - the time span between (de) besmetting click to hear 2 ('infection, contagion')
and the first symptomen click to hear 2 ('symptoms') - singular: (het) symptoom click to hear 2
(de) infectie click to hear ('infection, contamination') - (het) vaccin click to hear 2 (French) - 'vaccine'
(de) quarantaine click to hear 2 (quarantine)
(het) mondkapje click to hear 2 3 [mouth cap] - 'face mask'

(de) injectie click to hear 2 3 injection, 'shot' - (de) injectienaald click to
      hear 2 hypodermic needle, syringe
the 'common' word for 'injection' is (de) prik click to hear 2 - (de) griepprik click to hear 'flu shot'
(de) immunisering click to hear 2 ((de) immunisatie click to hear 2 3) immunization - immuun click to hear 2 3 4 immune
inenten click to hear 2 3 to inoculate, vaccinate, inject with vaccine or other preventative medicine
Ik ben ingeënt click to hear 2 3 slow I've been vaccinated ‑>> (de) prikspijt click to hear 2 3 remorse at immunization (either at getting or not having gotten it)

Kinderziektes click to hear 2 ('childhood diseases' - also: 'problems with a new product')
mazelen click to hear 2 ('measles') - de bof click to hear 2 ('mumps')
kinkhoest click to hear 2 ('whooping cough, pertussis') - difterie click to hear 2 ('diphteria')
roodvonk click to hear 2 3 ['red spark'] ('scarlet fever') - rode hond click to hear 2 ['red dog'] ('German measles, rubella')
kinderverlamming click to hear 2 3 ('childhood paralysis - polio')

astma-aanval click to hear 2 (3) ('asthma attack')
brandend maagzuur click to hear 2 ['burning stomach-acid'] - 'heartburn'

verslaafd click to hear 2 ('addicted' - literally: 'enslaved') - verslavend click to hear 2 ('addictive') - (de) verslaving click to hear ('addiction')
onthoudingsverschijnselen click to hear 2 /or/ ontwenningsverschijnselen click to hear 2 withdrawal symptoms

In Dutch, the English word 'drugs' is used for mind-altering illegal substances, and you may find some reluctance with Dutchmen speaking English to use the word 'drugs' for legal medication. The Dutch word for 'medicines, medication, drugs' is geneesmiddelen click to hear 2 or more colloquially medicijnen click to hear 2
bijwerkingen click to hear 2 ('side effects') - (de) bijsluiter click to hear 2 (['included item'] - information sheet that comes with medication)
(de) pijnstiller click to hear 2 ('painkiller')
(de) penicilline click to hear 2 3 ('penicillin') - antibiotica click to hear 2 3 ('antibiotics')

hormonen click to hear 2 ('hormones') - enzymen click to hear 2 ('enzymes') - (de) bijnier click to hear 2 ['kidney annex'] ('adrenal gland')

psychosomatisch click to hear 2 ('psychosomatic')
krankzinnig click to hear 2 is an old-fashioned word for 'crazy,' having a mental illness, but it's nowadays more commonly used for 'crazy' as hare-brained, a bad idea
(de) fobie click to hear 2 ('phobia') - (de) xenofobie click to hear ('xenophobia')
(de) hoogtevrees click to hear 2 ('fear of heights') ‑>>

(de) abortus click to hear 2 ('abortion') - (de) euthanasie click to hear 2 3 ('euthanasia')

om gezondheidsredenen click to hear 2 ('for reasons of health')
in een ziekenhuis opgenomen click to hear 2 ('admitted to a hospital')
opereren click to hear ('to operate, perform surgery') - onder 't mes click to hear 2 ('under the knife')
complicaties click to hear 2 ('complications')

(de) verzekering click to hear ('insurance') - (de) ziektekostenverzekering click to hear 2 3 (['sickness' costs insurance'] 'health insurance') - often shortened to - (de) ziekteverzekering click to hear 2 3 (['sickness insurance']) - (het) eigen risico click to hear 2 ('own risk,' deductible)

een bittere pil click to hear 2 'a bitter-tasting pill' - also said of something unpleasant you have to get through or live with
"Bitter in de mond maakt het hart gezond" click to hear 2 - nonsense remark about the supposed health benefits (to the heart) of food or medicine of unpleasant taste.

homeopathisch click to hear 'homeopathic' - handoplegging click to hear (['laying hands upon'] 'touch therapy')
gebedsgenezer click to hear ('[prayer] faith healer') - kwakzalver click to hear 2 'quack,' an unlicensed (and bad) medical doctor

De Pest click to hear 2 - the (bubonic) Plague epidemic that killed 30% of the European population ca 1350
De Hongerwinter click to hear 2 'The Hunger Winter' - The Winter of 1944/45 in the West of The Netherlands, when many people died of hunger

Note that a few words have an unusual pronunciation, like (de) therapeut click to hear (therapist) and (de) leukemie click to hear 2 3 ('leukemia') - Greek EU pronounced as Dutch UI click to hear
and (de) laesie click to hear (lesion, cut) - Latin AE pronounced as 'long E' click to hear

Vitamins

(De) scheurbuik click to hear 2 ('scurvy' - vitamin C deficiency)
Engelse Ziekte click to hear 2 (['the English disease'] = 'rickets' - vitamin D deficiency)
(de) vitamine click to hear ('vitamin') - vitaminen click to hear /or/ vitamines click to hear 'vitamins'
A click to hear B click to hear 1 click to hear
één
2 click to hear
twee
3 click to hear
drie
5 click to hear
vijf
6 click to hear
zes
10 click to hear
tien
11 click to hear
elf
12 click to hear
twaalf
15 click to hear
vijftien
C click to hear D click to hear E click to hear K click to hear 2 Nutrition
(Het) tekort click to hear 2 ('shortage, deficiency') - een tekort aan vitamine D click to hear 2 3 /or/ een vitamine D-gebrek click to hear ('a vitamin D deficiency')
voor 't eten click to hear 2 ['before eating']
- 'before lunch/dinner'
onder 't eten click to hear 2 'while we were eating'
- 'during lunch/dinner'
na 't eten click to hear 2 'after we had eaten'
- 'after lunch/dinner'
These phrases can also be found in instructions for when to take medication: before a meal / with food / after a meal
Op de nuchtere maag click to hear 2 ('on an empty stomach')

Medical Conversations Template

You could also look at the Ziek - Talking about Not Feeling Well page. It has some of the lines below, maybe in a more logical progression.
Hoe is het met je moeder? click to hear
alternatives:
How is your mother?
vader click to hear ('father') - baby click to hear ('baby') - kindje click to hear 2 ('little one')
man click to hear ('husband') - vrouw click to hear ('wife') - see also: Family
vriendin click to hear ('girlfriend') - vriend click to hear ('boyfriend')
Ik kon gisteren niet inslapen click to hear Yesterday I had trouble falling asleep *
Ik krijg niet genoeg slaap click to hear I don't get enough sleep >>
Ik voel me niet lekker click to hear I'm not feeling well, I'm sick
Ik ben een beetje ziek click to hear 2 3 I'm a little sick, 'under the weather'
Ik voelde me de laatste dagen wat grieperig click to hear 2 In recent days I felt like I had the flu.
Ik was zó ziek click to hear 2 3 I was (so) very sick, I felt miserable
Ik was drie dagen ziek click to hear 2 I was sick for 3 days
Ik ben ziek geweest click to hear 2 3 I've been sick
Ik heb vandaag geen hoofdpijn click to hear 2 3 4 I don't have a headache today
Ik ben aan de beterende hand click to hear 2 I'm getting better, I'm on the mend
Ik had een kater click to hear 2 3 I had a hangover
Ik voelde me katterig click to hear I had a hangover (Also said of having the flu. Doesn't it feel about the same?)
zwakke enkels click to hear 2 weak ankles
Ik heb m'n enkel verzwikt click to hear 2 3 4 I've sprained (hurt) my ankle
Ik heb kramp in m'n kaak click to hear I have cramps in my jaw
Neem je d'r iets voor? click to hear 2 'Do you take something (medication) for (against) it?'
Misschien is 't iets onschuldigs click to hear Maybe it's [something innocent] harmless
Misschien is 't wat anders click to hear 2 3 Maybe it's something else
Is het erger geworden? click to hear 2 Did it get worse?
't Is al minder erg click to hear 2 3 [It's already less bad] - It's not as bad as it was (pain etc.)
Ik ben niet helemaal goed click to hear 2 3 [I'm not entirely well] I'm a little under the weather
Ik voel me beroerd click to hear 2 I feel miserable, pretty sick
Ik had me nog nooit zo ziek gevoeld click to hear 2 3 I had never felt that sick before
Ik had me nog nooit zo beroerd gevoeld click to hear 2 3 I had never felt that miserable (sick) before
Ik bleek longontsteking te hebben click to hear 2 3 [I turned out to have] It turned out that I had pneumonia ‑>>
Hij is ziek geworden click to hear 2 3 He's [become sick] fallen ill
Hij heeft griep click to hear 2 He has the flu
Er zijn veel mensen ziek click to hear 2 A lot of people are sick
Hij gaat vooruit click to hear 2 He's improving, his medical condition is improving
Hij gaat erg achteruit click to hear 2 3 ['He goes backward badly..'] He's quickly getting worse (health, mental state)
Wanneer de pillen niet meer helpen click to hear 2 3 When the pills don't [help] work anymore
Hij is ernstig ziek click to hear 2 3 He is seriously, gravely ill
Hij kan nauwelijks nog lopen click to hear 2 He can barely walk anymore
Hij kon nauwelijks nog lopen click to hear 2 He could barely walk anymore
Hij lijdt in stilte click to hear 2 [He is suffering in silence] - He is quiet about his suffering - 'lijden'
Hij heeft kanker click to hear 2 3 He has cancer
Hij is een zachte dood gestorven click to hear 2 3 [He died a soft death] He passed away peacefully, without pain, without anguish
Hij is aan kanker gestorven click to hear 2 3 He died of cancer
Ben je ziek? click to hear 2 3 Are you sick?
Hoe voel je je? click to hear 2 3 'How do you feel?'
Voel je je beter? click to hear 2 Are you (feeling) better?
Ben je opgeknapt? click to hear 2 3 [Did you recover?] Are you feeling better?
Heb je pijn? click to hear 2
Doet 't pijn? click to hear 2
Waar doet 't pijn? click to hear
'Are you in pain?'
'Does it hurt?'
'Where does it hurt?'
Heb je d'r last van? click to hear 2 3
Daar krijg je last van click to hear 2 3
'Does it bother you? Is it a nuisance?'
It's going to bother you, it will become a problem
Ik had er eerder nooit last van click to hear 2 It never bothered me before, I never noticed a problem with it before
kiplekker click to hear 2 ['feeling fine "like a chicken"']
Ik voel me kiplekker click to hear 2 'I feel great, like a million bucks, couldn't be better'
Zo fris als een hoentje click to hear ['as fresh (new?) as a young chicken'] in very good shape, wide awake, well rested and healthy - 'as fit as a fiddle'
Haal diep adem click to hear 2
diep ademhalen click to hear
Take a deep breath
breathe deep
Probeer niet te hoesten click to hear 2 Try not to cough
Is het warm of heb ik koorts? click to hear 2
Heb ik koorts of is het warm? click to hear 2
Is it hot or do I have a fever?
Do I have a fever or is it hot?
Ik heb een afspraak om acht uur click to hear 2 3
Kan ik de afspraak verzetten? click to hear 2
't Komt niet goed uit click to hear 2
Er is iets tussen gekomen click to hear 2 3
I have an 8 o'clock appointment
Could I [move] reschedule the appointment
It doesn't suit me, there's a problem with it, it's inconvenient
Something came up
Ik zat een uur bij de tandarts click to hear 2 3 I was at the dentist for an hour
'Ik ben weer de oude' click to hear 2 ['I'm the old one again'] - 'I'm back to normal'
Als het niet vanzelf overgaat ga ik ermee naar de dokter click to hear If it doesn't go away by itself I'll go see a doctor about it Maar vandaag voel ik me gelukkig weer een stuk beter click to hear But luckily I feel much better today. Dankzij het pilletje ging de hoofdpijn over click to hear 2 3 4 Thanks to the (little) pill the headache went away, the pill ended the headache Dankzij de fysiotherapie ging de pijn over click to hear 2 3 Thanks to the physical therapy the pain went away Als ik ergens vanaf zou willen zijn zijn het die migraines click to hear 2 3 4 If there is [something] one thing I'd like to be rid of it's those migraines
- it's a bit formal.
More colloquial is: Als ik ergens vanaf zou willen zijn het die migraines click to hear 2 3 If there is [something] one thing I'd like to be rid of it's those migraines Als gehandicapte heb ik soms hulp nodig click to hear 2 3 As a person with a disability I sometimes need help Als ongewenst kind vind ik dat abortus mogelijk moet zijn click to hear 2 3 [Being an ...] As an unwanted child I think abortion should be [possible] available See also: Words of Life
[A plate of fava beans, with bacon and potatoes]
Meals
[a handful of Brussels sprouts]
food
basic
food
pages:
[cauliflower]
vegetables
[grapes]
fruits
[plate of food]
dinners
[loaf of bread]
other food
gezonde voeding click to hear 2 healthy food, wholesome nutrition
Food Words Everyday Food Words Recipes
[Previous editions of the page had a wrong Dutch word for 'midwife']

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