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Medicine and Mythology
Mythology in Modern Times
"A substantial number of medical terms are derived from the names of ancient Greek and Roman deities and other characters from their mythologies. The following questions demonstrate the links between medicine and mythology."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The term insomnia is derived from Roman God Somnos or Somnus. What was he the God of?
Melissa was a nymph in Greek mythology. Her name is related to which medical condition?
all three choices are correct
melissophobia (fear of bees)
melituria (sugar in the urine)
Another Greek goddess, Melanie, lends her name to melanoma. What does 'melano' mean in the medical term melanoma?
dark or black
The symbols which denote male and female in medicine are derived from the symbols for which Roman God and Goddess?
Mars and Venus
Apollo and Venus
Mars and Diana
Mercury and Diana
Which God or Goddess lends his or her name to the controversial practice of assisting people with incurable illnesses to die with dignity?
Psyche was a beautiful princess in Greek mythology. Her name is the basis for many medical terms, including psychiatry, psychology and psychotic. In such words, what does 'psych' represent?
Which mythological character lends his name to a sleep inducing drug?
All three choices are correct
Hygiene is derived from Greek Goddess Hygieia. What was she the Goddess of?
The first cervical vertebra of the spinal column has a name which it shares with one of the Titans. This character supported the heavens on his shoulders in the same way this vertebra supports the skull. What is the shared name?
Mars was the Roman God of War. His son, Phobos, lends his name to phobia, an extreme fear. Which of the following phobias contains the name of another character in mythology?
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