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medical dictionary

a specialized dictionary covering terms used in the health professions by doctors, nurses, and others involved in allied health care services. A dictionary with authoritative spellings and definitions is a particularly crucial resource in medicine, where a misspelling or misunderstanding can have unfortunate consequences for people under care. Print dictionaries in this field may be sorted alphabetically or may be categorized according to medical specializations or by the various systems in the body, as the immune system and the respiratory system. The online Medical Dictionary on allows alphabetical browsing in the combined electronic versions of more than one authoritative medical reference, insuring access to correct spellings, as well as immediate, direct access to a known search term typed into the search box on the site:
A medical dictionary reveals that large numbers of medical terms are formed from the same Latin and Greek parts combined and recombined. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In a reference book in the dining-room there is a medical dictionary.

  • Charles tried to look up his medical dictionary, but could not read it; the lines were dancing.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • "You couldn't find it in any save a medical dictionary, likely," he explained, with a pretense at patience.

    Amazing Grace Kate Trimble Sharber
  • Found by his bedside a medical dictionary (taken from the shelves of my library) which he says, he had been reading.

  • His “Breviarie of Health” is a medical dictionary, and held to be a “jewel” in his time, as Fuller records.

    Amenities of Literature

    Isaac Disraeli
  • He had very aptly described his complaint, although it might not be similarly designated in any medical dictionary.

    Crown and Anchor John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Why I should have talked like an article in a medical dictionary instead of like a human being I cannot imagine.

    The Ghost Arnold Bennett
  • You are to begin with this one; keep this medical dictionary at hand for reference.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth

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