The Twi Names of Some Diseases and Health-related Terms

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Our last lesson explored the Twi names of some animals. The bite of some animals causes a number of diseases to humans and other animals. So, let’s equip ourselves with the Twi names of some diseases and health-related terms.

Twi Names of Some Diseases/Health Terms 

(Nyarewa ne Apɔmuden Nsɛm)

TwiEnglish
apɔmudenhealth
yareɛ/yadeɛillness/sickness
nyarewadiseases
ayaresabeahospital
ɔyaresafoɔ/dɔkotadoctor
paneɛsyringe
aduromedicine/drug
odunsiniherbalist
ekurowound
asa/asaduroenema
bɛntoaenema syringe
ahokekaitch
pɔmpɔboil
ɛtwerɛepilepsy
atiridiifever
tipaeɛheadache
yafunu yareɛstomach ache
ayamtimconstipation
ayamtuodiarrhoea
ayamtubrafoɔcholera
huraeɛ/atiridiimalaria
huraeɛninijaundice
kɔmpɔgoitre
babasogonorrhoea
babaso werɛmfoɔHIV/AIDS
kokoramcancer
nufoɔm’ kokorambreast cancer
mpete/borɔmpetechicken pox
ɛwacough
nsamanwawhooping cough
kwataleprosy
asenseneconvulsion
ntehyeewaasthma
obubuafoɔ/bafanthe crippled
asosiedeafness
mumudumb
anifrablindness
apampampaeɛbaldness
ahotutuorheumatism
asikyireyareɛdiabetes
aporɔporɔfoot rot
sisiyareɛwaist pain
akyakyahunchback
kakatoothache
ntoburo/ntɛnkyɛmmeasles
anisobiriedizziness
nkwoehernia
adammɔlunacy
mmubuoparalysis
gyepimelephantiasis
konkurowaa/ɔdɔɔdysentery
mogyaborosoɔhypertension
kisikuro/ayamkuroulcer
ɛfeɛvomit
nnwodwoeɛstroke
papucold
kookohaemorrhoid/pile
bonini/ɔkrawabarren
kɔtewuiɛimpotence
awosoawosoɔparkinson’s disease
dwonsɔmogyahaematuria
ɛkorɔeczema
odeepuacandidiasis (yeast infection)
nsaa/nkorosankorosarash
kakawirewireringworm
awerɛfireyareɛamnesia

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6 thoughts on “The Twi Names of Some Diseases and Health-related Terms”

  1. Hi Yaw, thank you for the lesson. What a coincidence you just post this topic, cos my daughter is just ill right now.. So, can I say: Me ab)fra yare3, )y3 atiridii.
    note: ) is standing for inverted C, and 3 is for inverted 3

    1. Hello Jasna, Sorry to hear that.

      If you recall, in our lesson on Twi pronouns, specifically under possessive adjectives, we said “if the possessed object starts with the letter ‘a’ and follows a singular possessive adjective, we write them (the possessive adjective and the possessed object) together. An apostrophe is introduced to replace the second letter of the possessive adjective”.

      Also, “yareɛ” is the noun “sickness/disease”. The verb form (which should replace what you used in your sentence) is “yare (to get/be sick)”

      So, your sentence will be “M’abɔfra no yare atiridii yareɛ”. Or better, “Me ba no yare atiridii”

      Do wish her a speedy recovery for me.

  2. Hi, how are you? Lovely article! As a doctor improving my Twi-speaking ability, this article is very important to me. The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital released a free free medical vocabulary for clinical students and healthy workers about a year or two ago. I’ve been using it and it’s been very helpful. It’s available online and amenable to change. You can include some more medical terms in it as well.

    Do you know any of the 1st aid terms in Twi, such as first aid, resuscitation, chest compressions and rescue breaths? How does one say pulse in Twi?

    Thanks!

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