Welcome to my Pronunciation Series, Episode 16! We have 2 drug names today: mifepristone and misoprostol.
How do these pronunciation episodes work?
- I break drug names down into syllables
- Explain which syllable(s) have the emphasis
- Reveal the source of the information
- Put the written pronunciations in the show notes on thepharmacistsvoice.com/podcast so that you can use them right away.
Purpose: to provide the intended pronunciations of drug names from reliable sources so that you feel more confident saying them and less frustrated learning them.
Mifepristone = MIF e PRIS tone
- MIF, which rhymes with cliff (This syllable gets the secondary emphasis.)
- e, which sounds either like a short “e” sound or the schwa “e” sound.
- PRIS, like pristine (This syllable gets the primary/most emphasis.)
- tone, like muscle tone
Misoprostol = MYE soe PROS tol
- MYE as in, “My name is Kim.” (This syllable gets the secondary emphasis.)
- Soe, like a needle a needle pulling thread (sew). If you say this syllable quickly, it sounds like the “Su,” in “Supper.”
- PROS, like prostate (This syllable gets the primary/most emphasis.)
- tol, like Toledo, OH
How did I know how to say mifepristone and misoprostol?
Both are generic drug names in the USP Dictionary Online, which is a subscription-based online reference. It is my favorite reference for generic (non-proprietary) drug names. Thank you USP Legal Dept for permission to use your written, non-proprietary drug name pronunciations in my podcast episodes and YouTube videos.
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Links from this episode
USP Dictionary Online (aka USAN)
USP Dictionary’s (USAN) pronunciation guide (Source: American Medical Association’s
Dr. Mosier’s website https://www.hopehealthadvocacy.com/
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