The other day I was listening to some nurses talk about patients having to go back to surgery because of excessive bleeding. "Yeah, sometimes they have a prolene deficiency, hypoprolenemia," said one to gales of laughter. I didn't so much get it. Later I discreetly asked my preceptor what I was missing. Prolene is a kind of suture material the cardiovascular surgeons use. Now that is funny.
Heh. Uh, so -emia means "concerning the blood" and hypo means "below normal" so the comical neologism hypoprolenemia means "the surgeon didn't put in enough stitches." See? Hilarious. Less so cause I had to explain the whole thing, but still funny. Well, maybe not to the surgeons.