Now think about how many medical terms are two syllables or fewer. Even terms and concepts with straightforward definitions like "self-examination"(SELF IG-ZAM-IN-A-SHUN) — Using your hands to feel for abnormal tissue in your breast don’t pass this test.
The reverse can also be misleading—words with only a couple of syllables can have very complex meanings. For example, “platelets.” The average American doesn’t know what platelets(PLATE-LITS) — Cells in the blood that prevent bleeding means any more than they know what apoptosis(A-POP-TOE-SIS) — The programmed death of a cell; when a normal cell is expected to die means. In these cases, the score could give a false sense of readability.