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Best of the Web: Health & Medicine » Medical Dictionaries

  • A glossary of complementary and alternative medicine terminology designed for the layperson.
  • From the Medical Library Assocation, this dictionary provides easy-to-understand definitions for common medical terminology.
  • From the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, this dictionary defines words that are often used when people talk or write about diabetes. It is designed for people who have diabetes and for their families and friends.
  • From the National Cancer Institute, this dictionary includes more than 4,000 cancer-related terms.
  • Over 1000 common medical terms from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • From the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, this dictionary defines words that are often used when talking or writing about digestive diseases. It is designed for people who have digestive diseases and their families and friends.
  • A glossary of HIV/AIDS-related terms and definitions. Available in HTML, PDF, and PDA formats and in English and Spanish.
  • From the American College of Radiology & The Radiological Society of North America, this glossary provides simple definitions for radiology terminology.
  • From the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, this glossary defines words relating to toxic substances and their effects. In English and Spanish.
  • Definitions related to heart disease from St. Elizabeth Regional Hospital.
  • This context-sensitive Illustrated Glossary defines over 225 medical genetics terms. Over 70 terms are illustrated more illustrations are being added regularly.
  • An easy to use dictionary of terms related to orthopaedics and joint replacement from St. Elizabeth Regional Hospital.
  • This kid-friendly medical dictionary from PBS provides explanations for terms that relate to common illnesses and conditions.
  • From the National Library of Medicine, this medical dictionary provides a list of similar words if no entry is found.
  • A glossary of technical and popular medical terms in nine European Languages: English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portugese and Spanish.
  • From the National Institutes of Health's Office of Rare Diseases, this glossary includes definitions pertaining to orphan or rare diseases and conditions.
  • "Doctor's pharmacists and others use a medical "shorthand." What difference does it make if your doctor's handwriting isn't legible? It might be the difference between AP and ap!"

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