Korean Medical Vocabulary (Symptoms & Illnesses)

Korean Medical Vocabulary (Symptoms & Illnesses)

This will be part one of a series on sicknesses, symptoms, and medical words in Korean. Knowing these can be very helpful if you need to go to the hospital in Korea. These are also just good to know in general.

If you are ever in the hospital, here are some common Korean phrases you can use to describe the symptoms you have.

For example…

I have a headache (two ways):

머리가 아파요 (meo-ri-ga a-pa-yo)/ 두통이 있어요 (du-teong-i i-sseo-yo)

I have a sore throat:

목이 아파요 (mok-i a-pa-yo)

I have a stomachache:

배가 아파요 (bae-ga a-pa-yo)

I have a cold:

감기 걸렸어요 (gam-gi-eh geol-lyeoss-eo-yo)

I have the flu:

독감 걸렸어요 (dok-gam geol-lyeo-sseo-yo)

I have a fever:

열이 있어요. (yeol-i i-sseo-yo)

I have a stuffy nose:

코가막혔어요. (ko-gha mak-hyeoss-eo-yo)

I have a runny nose:

자꾸 콧물이 나요 (ja-ggu kon-mul-ee na-yo)

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Korean vocabulary in this graphic:

감기 (gam-gi) = A cold

독감 (dok-gam) = Flu

두통 (du-tong) = Headache

치통 (chi-tong) = Toothache

복통 (bok-tong) = Stomachache

구토 (gu-to) = Vomiting

변비 (byeon-bi) = Constipation

열 (yeol) = Fever

고열 (go-yeol) = High fever

기침 (gi-chim) = Cough

콧물 (kot-mul) = Runny nose

암 (am) = Cancer