The article is dedicated to the medical language lexical composition description. Errors and stylistic inaccuracies occurring in the medical workers’ oral and written speech are shown. The professional terminology role in the doctors’ communication is demonstrated. Loan words and their place in medicine are considered. Attention is focused on medical popular speech (cant, slang) expressed mostly in metaphorization. The pragmatic functions of the medical popular speech are characterized. The linguistic status in the medical workers’ speech, their functions and specific features are analyzed. Certain attention is paid to the causes of practicing slang while medical workers are communicating. Certain psychological, ethic and legal aspects of practicing medical slang are specified. The necessity of improving the medical workers’ speech culture is stressed.

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Автор(ы): Yu. K. Abayev