36 Medical Spanish Words to Use in The Clinical Setting

36 Medical Spanish Transition Words to Use in The Clinical Setting

Medical Spanish Transition Words

In this free Medical Spanish lesson you will learn how 36 Medical Spanish Transition Words Notes TODAY: Palabras de transición para español médico.

In this free Medical lesson you will learn:

  • What is a transition word
  • Types of transition words
  • Examples to be used in the clinical setting

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36 Medical Spanish Transition Words Notes TODAY

What Is a Transition Word? – ¿Qué es una palabra de transición?

Las palabras de transición ayudan a enlazar ideas en el lenguaje hablado y escrito para una mejor comprensión de lo que se dice.

Transition words help to link ideas in spoken and written language for a better understanding of what is being said.

Se usan para / They are used for:

  • Introducir ideas / Introduce ideas
  • Agregar información / Adding information
  • Apoyar un argumento / Supporting an argument
  • Presentar un punto contrario / Raising an objection
  • Evaluar / Evaluating
  • Conectar ideas parecidas / Linking similar ideas
  • Concluir / Adding a conclusion

Some of the most common transition words are:

Sin embargoHowever
Por lo tantoTherefore
Independientemente (de)Regardless
No obstante, sin embargoNevertheless
Tan pronto como As soon as

Transition Words and Examples – Group #1

Here are some transition words in Spanish you can use in the clinical setting with examples:

Además moreover, additionally
Al contrario on the contrary
Algunas veces sometimes
Al mismo tiempo at the same time
Alrededor de around, about
Antes de (que) before


  • Las verduras son nutritivas, además son económicas: Vegetables are nutritious, moreover they are economical.
  • Algunas veces podemos controlar la presión completamente con cambios al estilo de vida: Sometimes we can control blood pressure completely with lifestyle changes.
  • Hay alrededor de 4 tipos de la bacteria estreptococo: There are around 4 types of strep bacteria.
  • Al contrario de lo que se creía, el período de incubación del Coronavirus puede ser de hasta 24 días: Contrary to what was believed, the incubation period of the Coronavirus can be up to 24 days
  • La natación puede ayudar a mejorar su estado físico y su respiración al mismo tiempo: Swimming can help improve your fitness and breathing at the same time.
  • Los resultados de los exámenes estarán disponibles antes de las 5:00 PM: Test results will be available before 5:00 PM.

Group #2

A pesar de in spite of
Aún así even so
Aunque although
De igual manera similarly
De hecho / en realidadin fact
De repente suddenly
Después (de)after
De todas formas in any case


  • Aunque el tumor es benigno, aún así queremos quitárselo: Although the tumor is benign, even so we want to take it out
  • Después de unas semanas, va a sentirse mejor: After a few weeks, you’ll feel better
  • El paciente mejoró notablemente a pesar de las pocas esperanzas que había: The patient improved remarkably despite the little hope that there was

Group #3

En cuanto a in terms of, regarding
En lugar de en vez de, instead of
En otras palabras in other words
En resumen in summary
Mientras tanto meanwhile, in the meantime
No obstante/ sin embargo nevertheless, however


  • En lugar de gaseosas (refrescos) es mejor tomar agua: Instead of soda, it is better to drink water
  • En otras palabras, es importante reducir la cantidad de azúcar que consume: In other words, it is important to reduce the amount of sugar you consume
  • Intente contactar con su nutricionista mientras tanto: Try to contact your nutritionist in the meantime.

Group #4

Otra vez again
Pero but
Por ejemplo for example
Por eso therefore
Por lo generalin general
Por supuesto of course
Por un lado, por el otro ladoon the one hand, on the other hand


  • Sí, por supuesto las ITS son muy comunes. Por eso es importante protegerse: Yes, of course STIs are very common. That’s why it’s important to use protection.
  • Por ejemplo, usar condones es buena manera para evitar embarazos y prevenir la transmisión de infecciones: For example, using condoms is a good way to avoid pregnancies and prevent the transmission of infections
  • Por un lado, los condones ayudan a evitar embarazos y, por el otro lado, previenen enfermedades de transmisión sexual: On the one hand, condoms help prevent pregnancy, and on the other hand, they prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Group #5

Sin duda without a doubt
Sobre todo above all, especially
También also, too
Tan pronto como as soon as
Ya already
Ya que since, because of


  • Ya tenemos los resultados de las pruebas: We already have the results of the tests
  • Vamos a tomar una decisión tan pronto como el radiólogo lea la radiografía: We’re going to make a decision as soon as the radiologist reads the X-ray.
  • Ya que no tiene historia de cáncer de mama, su seguro no cubre la mamografía antes de los 40 años de edad: Because you don’t have a history of breast cancer, your insurance won’t cover your mammogram under 40 years old.
  • Es importante llevar un control anual de su salud, sobre todo después de los 40 años: It is important to have an annual control of your health, especially after the age of 40

36 Medical Spanish Transition Words Notes TODAY

Su tarea – Your Homework

  1. Review the notes & vocabulary
  2. Identify additional points and topics to discuss with patients
    • Let me know if you need help 🙂
  3. Remember to keep it simple if you need to
  4. Ask for help in the comments below
  5. Give it a try with your patients!

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