33 Verbs & Useful Phrases for the Physical Exam in Spanish

33 Verbs & Useful Phrases for the Physical Exam in Spanish

How to give the Physical Exam in Spanish

In today’s Medical Spanish lesson, you will learn how to talk through the physical exam in Spanish. Specifically, you’ll learn how to:

  • Inform your patient about what you need to do or what you are going to do.
  • Use these 33 Verbs & Useful Phrases and “usted” commands for the Physical Exam in Spanish

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Para informarle (al paciente) qué haces – Just to tell your patient what you are doing

Voy a (Vamos a) 
Necesito (Necesitamos) 

  • … Examinarle _____
  • … Palparle (tocarle) ____
  • … Escucharle ____
  • … Mirarle ___

Para preguntarle si tiene dolor – To ask your patient if something hurts

¿Tiene dolor cuando 
¿Le duele cuando 

  • … mueve ____
  • … toco (palpo) aquí 
  • … presiono aquí 
  • … quito presión 


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3. Unos verbos – Some verbs

  • Abrir –> Abra la boca
  • Acostarse –> Acuéstese (boca arriba / boca abajo) 
  • Agacharse –> Agáchese 
  • Apretar –> Apriete (mis dedos) 
  • Bajar –> Baje (el pantalón / la camisa) 
  • Bajarse de –> Bájese de (la mesa / la cama / la báscula) 
  • Cerrar –> Cierre la boca
  • Caminar –> Camine (con los pies pegados “talón a dedo”) 
  • Decir –> Diga “ah”
  • Descansar –> Descanse
  • Doblar –> Doble (la pierna / el brazo) 
  • Empujar –> Empuje (mis manos) 
  • Hacer –> Haga un puño
  • Inclinarse –> Inclínese hacia (adelante / el lado derecho / el lado izquierdo) 
  • Jalar –> Jale contra mi mano
  • Levantarse –> Levántese despacio
  • Mirar –> Mire hacia arriba
  • Moverse –> Muévase hacia el final de la mesa
  • Ponerse –> Póngase (la bata / la camisa) 
  • Quitarse –> Quítese la camisa, los pantalones, etc
  • Relajar –> Relaje 
  • Relajarse –> Relájese 
  • Resistir –> Resista (presión) 
  • Respirar –> Respire (profundo / normal) 
  • Sacar –> Saque la lengua
  • Seguir –> Siga mi dedo
  • Señalar –> Señáleme dónde le duele
  • Sentarse –> Siéntese (aquí / en la mesa / en la cama) 
  • Sentar –> Siente al bebé en su regazo 
  • Subir –> Suba (el pantalón / la camisa) 
  • Subirse –> Súbase a (la báscula / la mesa) 
  • Tomar –> Tome
  • Voltear –> Voltee (la cabeza / la mano) 
  • Voltearse –> Voltéese 

Otros verbos que puede usar durante la revisión a un paciente son:

  • Tranquilizarse –> Tranquilícese  (Calm down)
  • Quitarse –> Quítese (el pantalón / la camisa / los anteojos)  (Take off your pants / shirt / glasses)
  • Soltar –> Suelte (el aire)  (Let the air out)
  • Ponerse –> Póngase (de pie / de espalda / de frente)  (Stand up / Get on your back / Stand in front)

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