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MA Practice Test

Medical Assistant Practice test

The term, “Afferent Nerve,” means: Afferent nerves carry sensory signals to the brain. Efferent nerves carry motor signals from the brain.
The medical term, “basophilia,” refers to: An overabundance of a particular white blood cell in the peripheral blood
When considering the structural organization of the human body, which of the following is the basic unit of life? The basic unit of life is the cell. Cells are made up of atoms, molecules, and chemical structures, however, these items are not considered life forms.
When a patient is standing in anatomical position, where are his feet? A person standing in anatomical position is standing with his feet side by side, palms of the hands facing forward from arms that are straight and slightly away from the sides.
A physician asks you to place the patient with his dorsal side facing the exam table. Which of the following accurately describes the how the patient is positioned? The dorsal side of the body is on the back or posterior. When the back is lying on the table, the patient is facing up toward the ceiling.
The body plane that divides the body into right and left sides is the: The median plane, also known as the sagittal plane, divides the body into right and left sides. The frontal, or coronal plane, divides the body into front and back. The transverse plane divides the body into superior and inferior sections.
A patient is asked to abduct her arms. Which of the following accurately describes her arm movement? Abduction means to move away from the midline. Adduction means to add to the midline, or bring it closer.
Which of the following sets of word parts means, “Pain”? The meaning, “Pain,” can be derived from the following word parts: dys-, -algia, and -dynia.
A common childhood illness is caused by the Bordatella pertussis bacterium. Which of the following diseases is caused by this bacteria? Bordatella pertussis is the causative bacteria for the disease state of Whooping Cough. Meningitis can be caused by bacteria, but is not caused by the B. pertussis bacteria. German Measles and RSV are both caused by viruses.
Which of the following glands found in the skin secretes a liquid called, “Sebum?” Sebum is a fluid that is secreted by glands in the skin called sebaceous glands. Sebum lubricates the skin to help maintain its integrity.
A patient that has been diagnosed with alopecia would be described as having: Alopecia is a medical term meaning hair loss.
A patient presents with vesicles covering the upper torso. Which of the following situations could cause this condition? Vesicles is the medical term for blisters. A second degree sunburn could blister, forming vesicles over the affected area.
A child is diagnosed with a Greenstick Fracture. Which of the following most accurately describes the broken bone? a partial break in a long bone--Greenstick fractures are commonly found in children. Sudden impact of a bone could lead to the bone bending and partially breaking, such as what is seen when a green stick from a tree is bent in half.
When reading a lab report, you notice that a patient’s sample is described as having anisocytosis. Which of the following most accurately describes the patient’s condition? Anisocytosis is a term meaning variation in size. Patients with anisocytosis will have red blood cells that vary in size. Poikilocytosis is a term meaning variation in shape of the red blood cells. Both are commonly found in blood diseases.
One of the three smallest bones in the body is the: The three smallest bones in the body are located in the inner ear and include the malleus, incus and stapes.
A patient is having a colposcopy procedure performed. How should the patient be instructed to prepare for the procedure? A colposcopy procedure is done to view the vagina and cervix. The only preparation that is necessary is to wash the external genitals with soap and water the morning before the procedure.
Which of the following organs would be described as being located retroperitoneally The term, “retroperitoneal,” means to be placed behind the peritoneum. The kidneys are located in this area.
The heat-regulating center of the brain is the: The hypothalamus is the heat-regulating center of the brain. It also has control over the pituitary glans, which is the master endocrine gland.
A patient with Bell’s Palsy would have which of the following complaints? Bell’s Palsy has symptoms similar to stroke, but is caused by a malfunction of the Facial nerve, which is cranial nerve VII.
A pathologic condition described as, “Increased intraocular pressure of the eye,” is: Glaucoma is a condition that is caused by increased intraocular pressure in the eye. If not treated, glaucoma can lead to blindness.
The anatomic structure located in the middle of the heart which separates the right and left ventricles is the: The septum is located in the middle of the heart and separates the right and left sides. Cells of the cardiac conduction system can also be found in this structure.
Which of the following boney landmarks is described by, “large, blunt, irregularly shaped process, such as that found on the lateral aspect of the proximal femur”? The Greater Trochanter is found on the lateral aspect of the proximal femur and is a bony process that is large. This process forms the attachment site for many muscle of the legs.
The Atlas and the Axis: The Atlas and the Axis are the first two cervical vertebrae and are designated C1 and C2. The Atlas (C1) forms support for the skull and the Axis (C2) allows for rotation of the skull.
The body system that functions to maintain fluid balance, support immunity and contains the spleen is the: The Lymphatic System functions both for protection from foreign invaders and for fluid balance. In addition to the spleen, the Lymphatic System also includes the tonsils, thymus, lymph nodes, and lymph vessels.
The duodenum: The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine where the majority of digestion takes place in the gut.
This particular gland of the endocrine system secretes a hormone that is known to assist with the sleep/ wake cycle. What gland is it? The pineal gland, located in the brain, secretes melatonin. This hormone is known to regulate the sleep/ wake cycle in response to exposure to light.
A doctor writes out a prescription for medication to be taken as needed for pain. Which of the following abbreviations could the medical assistant expect to see on the prescription form? The abbreviation “prn” is used to indicate, “as needed.”
A patient has been diagnosed with a mycotic condition. Which of the following drug types would be used to treat this condition? Mycotic infections are caused by fungi. To appropriately treat this condition, an antifungal medication would be needed.
The flap of tissue that covers the trachea upon swallowing is called the: epiglottis is a flap of tissue that covers the windpipe upon swallowing to protect the Respiratory System from becoming blocked by food or liquid products.
A physician’s order instructs a medical assistant to take a temperature at the axilla. Where would the MA place the thermometer? The axilla is the area of the armpit located under the arms, proximal to the trunk.
The word part found at the beginning of a medical term, is most likely a: Prefixes are word parts that precede medical roots. Prefixes give terms a more exact meaning and help to better define a term.
The lateral malleolus is comprised of which of the following bones? The lateral malleolus is located on the lower extremity at the distal end of the fibula, also known as the external malleolus.
The most common vowel used to combine word parts in medical terms is an: The letter “O” is the most commonly used vowel to join word parts in medical terms. The vowel, “I” is the second most commonly used vowel.
Which of the following medical terms is misspelled? a. Polycystic b. Diaphragm c. Cocycx d. Bradycardic The proper spelling of the word is, “Coccyx.” The other terms are spelled correctly.
Which of the following medical terms means, “surgical fixation of the stomach”? Gastropexy is a medical term meaning, “to surgically fix the stomach in place.”
Which of the following abbreviations means, “before meals”? The abbreviation meaning before meals is ac
A procedure that examines a portion of the large intestine with an endoscope is called: Sigmoidoscopy
The mitral valve is synonymous with the term: The mitral valve is also known as the bicuspid valve and can be found on the left side of the heart. The bicuspid valve is located between the left atrium and the left ventricle.
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