63 Fascinating Medical & Health Trivia Questions To Test Your Team

December 30, 2023
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Whether you're looking to spice up your team meetings, or just seeking a playful way to educate and challenge your colleagues, this collection of trivia questions is tailored for you. If you have a biochemist’s knowledge or can hardly tell your left foot from your right, we’ve meticulously curated a mix of questions that will not only test your team's knowledge but also spark interesting conversations. From human body facts to little-known medical mysteries, these questions cover a broad spectrum of medical and health-related topics, ensuring there's something for everyone.

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Human Body Facts

1. Glycogen is the way the body stores glucose - better known by what common name? (Answer: Sugar)

2. How many square feet is the average adult human’s skin? (Answer: 19 feet)

3. What is the largest artery in the body? (Answer: The aorta)

4. What body system is the liver a part of? (Answer: Digestive System)

5. What does cartilage link? (Answer: Joints and bones)

6. What type of blood cells fight infections and diseases? (Answer: White blood cells)

7. What internal organ stores bile? (Answer: The gallbladder)

8. How many times does a heart beat over the course of an average human lifespan? (Answer: Over three billion times)

9. After what age do babies start shedding tears? (Answer: One month)

10. About how many inches a year does hair grow? (Answer: Six inches)

11. Where on your body is your skin the thinnest? (Answer: Eyelid)

12. Is it possible to breathe and swallow at the same time? (Answer: No)

13. What causes your fingers to move? (Answer: Tendons in your forearm)

14. What is the most common blood type? (Answer: O+)

15. What country has the highest life expectancy in the world? (Answer: Japan)

16. What is the name of the pigment responsible for giving skin and hair color? (Answer: Melanin)

17. What blood type is the universal plasma donor? (Answer: AB)

18. What fruit has the highest concentration of Vitamin C per serving? (Answer: Guava)

19. How many chambers does the heart have? (Answer: Four)

20. What part of the brain is responsible for regulating basic bodily functions like heartbeat and breathing? (Answer: Medulla Oblongata)

21. What organ produces Insulin? (Answer: Pancreas)

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Diseases and Treatments

22. What is the medical term for the sideways curvature of the spine that most often occurs in young adults during a growth spurt? (Answer: Scoliosis)

23. The smallest school in Harvard awards degrees to students in what field of medicine? (Answer: Dentistry)

24. What is the common name for the disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus? (Answer: Chicken Pox)

25. What is the name for the class of pain relievers that includes ibuprofen and naproxen? (Answer: NSAIDS)

26. What is the three-word name for the disorder in which there's a strong urge to move one's legs? (Answer: Restless-Leg Syndrome)

27. Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive what? (Answer: Sweating)

28. Azoles, like clotrimazole, ketoconazole, and voriconazoles, are compounds typically used to combat what general type of infection? (Answer: Fungal)

29. What is the name for the surgery that removes the gall bladder? (Answer: Cholecystectomy)

30. What term is used to describe a disease that is common or constantly present in a given population? (Answer: Endemic)

31. What is sepsis an infection of? (Answer: Blood)

32. What anti-malarial medication is extracted from the bark of the cinchona tree? (Answer: Quinine)

33. What is the five-letter word that is used to refer to a dosage of fast-acting insulin that is given via the continuously-attached "pump" device worn by some diabetics? (Answer: Bolus)

34. During a clinical assessment, a brain imaging scan called a PET scan may be administered. What does PET stand for? (Answer: Positron Emission Tomography)

35. Warfarin belongs to what class of blood-thinning medications? (Answer: Anticoagulants)

36. What is the process used to treat kidneys by removing excess water, solutes, and toxins called? (Answer: Dialysis)

37. In the US, basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of what type of cancer? (Answer: Skin Cancer)

38. A nephrologist specializes in the treatment of which organ? (Answer: Kidneys)

39. The MMR vaccine prevents which three diseases? (Answer: Measles, mumps, and Rubella)

40. How many times a day should you take a medication if your prescription reads “q.i.d.”? (Answer: Four)

41. What active ingredient is included in Vicks Nyquil? (Answer: Acetaminophen)

42. What disease do 6 million Americans not know that they have? (Answer: Diabetes)

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Medical History

43. What brand of over-the-counter acetaminophen was first introduced in 1955? (Answer: Tylenol)

44. Known for his serpent-entwined staff, who was the ancient Greek god of medicine? (Answer: Ascelpius)

45. What early German psychologist was the first to refer to his profession as psychology, as opposed to biology? (Answer: William Wundt)

46. What outbreak resulted in the deaths of approximately 9% of Philadelphia’s population in 1793? (Answer: The Yellow Fever)

47. What disease was deemed eradicated in 1980 after a worldwide vaccination program? (Answer: Smallpox)

48. Wilma Rudolph, an American Track and Field medalist from the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, had a childhood plagued by what disease? (Answer: Polio)

49. Thomas Hodgkin, an 1800s physician, is most commonly associated with what type of cancer today? (Answer: Lymphoma)

50. In what year did the FDA approve the vaccine that treats Chicken Pox? (Answer: 1995)

51. In what year was Gray’s Anatomy first published? (Answer: 1858)

52. What material were stethoscopes originally made out of? (Answer: Wood)

53. What psychoactive street drug was used as an enhancement for psychotherapy as late as the 1970s? (Answer: MDMA)

54. In which ancient empire was the first recorded reference to the brain found? (Answer: Egypt)

55. “Earkeckers” is an outdated term for what part of the body? (Answer: Tonsils)

56. Who is widely credited as the founder of genetics? (Answer: Gregor Mendel)

57. In what year was Florence Nightingale, widely considered the founder of modern nursing, born? (Answer: 1820)

58. The most widely used vaccine in the history of medicine is mostly used to treat which infection of the lungs? (Answer: Tuberculosis)

59. What body part was first x-rayed in 1895? (Answer: Hands)

60. What street drug was briefly marketed as a cough suppressant in 1898 as it was not believed to be addictive? (Answer: Heroin)

61. The first heart transplant, which occurred in the 1960s, took place in what country? (Answer: South Africa)

62. In what year did California become the first state to legalize medical marijuana usage? (Answer: 1996)

63. Who discovered the world’s first antibiotic in 1923? (Answer: Alexander Fleming)

We hope you enjoyed these 63 medical trivia questions, and maybe learned something new!  If you liked these, check out our 51 Trivia Questions To Uncover the Mysteries of the Natural World or Eco-Trivia: 60 Questions to Foster Teamwork and Environmental Awareness.

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