Physician Dictation Guide:
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Physician Dictation Guide:
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  Dictating sound-alike or confusing words

You should be aware of similar-sounding and other confusing words and spell them or dictate them clearly. Some words should always be spelled to avoid confusion or to make sure an inattentive transcriptionist does not transcribe the word incorrectly.

Here are just a few words of which you should be aware:

  Confusing and/or Sound-Alike Words
accede: stick to agreement
exceed: surpass
accept: receive
except: exclude
adapt: adjust
adept: proficient
adverse: opposed
averse: not interested
affect: change, influence
effect: (v) to bring about (n) result, impression
all right: all right
alright: outdated usage
allude: refer to indirectly
elude: avoid
allusion: insinuation
illusion: apparition
already: previously
all ready: everything prepared
altar: place of worship
alter: to change
appraise: value
apprise: inform, notify
assistants: helpers
assistance: help
capital:seat of government; money
capitol: building where legislative body meets
cease: stop
seize: apprehend
cite: speak of
sight: vision
site: location
complement: collection
compliment: praise
continual: happens frequently in time: close succession
continuous: uninterrupted
council: praise
consul: ambassador
console: comfort
counsel: advice
descent: decline
dissent: disagree
disapprove: condemn
disprove: discredit
elicit: extract
illicit: illegal
eligible: qualified
illegible: indecipherable
emigration: moving from a country
immigration: moving to a country
eminent: outstanding, revered
imminent: threatening to happen soon
farther: forward
further: additionally
floe: large sheet of floating ice
flow: move, run freely, circulate
formally: in a dignified way
formerly: previously
imply: speaker implies (suggests)
infer: hearer infers (perceives)
incidence: occurrence
incidents: situations
lay: to set down, to place or put an item down
lie: to recline
passed: go by
past: earlier
principal: first in authority; main participant; amount of a debt less interest
principle: basic truth or assumption
pray: to ask for by prayer or supplication
prey: animal hunted or caught for food; victim
residence: dwelling
residents: occupants
right: correct
rite: ceremony
wright: worker
write: compose
their: posessive form of “them”
they're: they are
there: at that place
stationary: not moving: fixed
stationery: writing material: letterhead, envelopes, etc.
suit: a set of clothes; legal action
suite: number of items making up a set, series, or sequence
waiver: the giving up of a claim
waver: to hesitate; also tremble or quaver
through: by way of
threw: tossed
whose: of or relating to whom
who's: who is
your: of or relating to you
you're: you are

The above table contains content from: Webgrammar's Place

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