Below is our free HESI A2 Vocabulary practice test. Make sure you do a lot of HESI Vocabulary practice before you take your exam. There are a wide variety of words that will be tested, including many medical terms. Many of the questions present the word in the context of a sentence, which makes is easier to figure out. If you are not sure about a word, just make your best guess.
The patient’s stomach appeared distended, and the physician decided to order an ultrasound.
When the lab work returned, it appeared that the patient’s hematologic values were abnormal.
In order to retain weight and maintain a good nutritional status, the doctor wanted the patient to ________ his diet with additional foods containing protein.
The medication was ordered to be given as a sublingual dose.
under the tongue
The doctor had prescribed an antibiotic to cure the patient’s infection, which had ______ matters by causing a pruritic rash.
The medication could cause a burning sensation, so the pharmacy technician diluted it with normal saline.
The preexisting condition was covered by insurance, and the patient did not have to pay for surgery.
The manifestation of a rash on the patient’s skin indicated that he was allergic.
The girl hadn’t eaten properly for weeks; her cheekbones were nearly concave in shape.
The doctors who were participating in rounds wanted to know the patient’s status as of this morning.
In what appeared to be a paroxysmal reaction, the medication only seemed to make the patient’s spasms worse.
The doctor gave an order to ________ the patient as necessary in order to keep the patient from hurting himself.
The musculoskeletal system is expansive and is one of the first body systems to feel the effects of age.
muscles and bones
muscles and ligaments
bones and ligaments
muscles and organ tissues
The patient’s neurovascular system was compromised and he fainted.
relating to the vascular system and blood flow
relating to the nerves and especially their effect on blood flow
relating to the nerves only
relating to an uninhibited section of the body
The toddler’s ultrasound contained possible foreign bodies in his abdominal cavity.
empty or hollow space
The nurse made sure to depress the drainage bulb so that it would begin applying suction pressure immediately.
The patient was ________ to aspiration, and that’s why they made sure he was sitting upright for dinner.
The doctor had put his opinion in the plainest language possible; there was nothing more to be done for the patient besides comfort care.
The nurse reminded the patient that he was ordered to be on strict bed rest until the doctor said otherwise.
the study of the disease process
the existence of disease
the carelessness of infection prevention
the maintenance of chronic diseases
The labored respirations of the patient began to be far and few between as he slipped peacefully toward death.
The nurse checked that the tube was patent before she connected the patient’s next feeding.
Although the nursing unit did their best to care for the patient, he passed away in a/n ______ manner when his heart stopped.
The patient decided to abstain from alcohol for the rest of his life, which his family agreed was for the better.
to argue loudly
to soften or make malleable
to reluctantly agree
to follow instructions willingly
The patient was brought to the emergency room because he had planned to ______ a lethal amount of Tylenol.
The patient’s exacerbation of sickle cell disease was worsened due to his poor hydration status.
Peristalsis is a function of the gastrointestinal system that is performed by nerve cells.
of or relating to the cranial nerves
of or relating to the pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, intestines, and anus
of or relating to the autonomic nervous system
of or relating to the colon only
The drainage coming from the wound had the consistency of mucus but looked like blood.
The patient demonstrated a neurological deficit he had not shown prior to the accident.
to have a bowel movement
to surrender to an opposing side
to conquer in battle
The doctor’s report indicated that the patient’s _______ status was at risk from the medications he was taking.
The patient’s health appeared to be contingent on her taking the medications.
Gloves are a required precaution when dealing with blood and other bodily fluids.
Although the patient tested positive for mononucleosis, she showed no _______.