French Medical Vocabulary in French

Enhance your French language skills by learning important medical terms and their usage in various situations.


The French word for 'hospital' is 'hôpital'. It is used in the same way as in English, referring to a place where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care. Note that in French, the 'h' is silent and the accent on the 'o' indicates that it is stressed in pronunciation.

Example sentences with  hôpital

The French word 'maladie' represents disease in English. It is a noun used in the same context as in English, to denote any disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific symptoms or that affects a specific location. It is a commonly used term in medical and health contexts.

Example sentences with  maladie

The word 'médecin' is French for 'doctor'. It is a common term used within the healthcare profession. This term is used to refer to a medical professional who provides healthcare services, including diagnostics and prescriptions for treatment. Just like in English, the term is universally understood across all French-speaking regions, although in conversation, the casual term 'doc' is sometimes used.

Example sentences with  médecin

The word 'patient' translates to 'patient' in French. It's used similarly to the English language, referring to a person who is under medical care or treatment. Additionally, it can also be used to describe someone showing self-control, someone who is calm, capable of accepting or tolerating delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious. However, the context of its usage will determine its meaning.

Example sentences with  patient

The French word 'privé' is used similarly to 'private' in English. It can be used to describe something personal or confidential, like a private conversation ('conversation privée'), or refer to a non-state entity, like a private company ('entreprise privée'). So, the usage of 'privé' really mirrors that of 'private' in English.

Example sentences with  privé

The French word 'traitement' is used to refer to treatment, the process or manner in which someone behaves toward or deals with someone or something. In medical context, it refers to the care or therapy given to a patient for an illness or injury. Just like in English, the context in which it is used often determines its specific meaning.

Example sentences with  traitement
Made with JoyBird