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Words nearby eponymy
What does eponymy mean?
Eponymy is the use of people’s names to create words.
In other words, eponymy is the use of eponyms—words based on people’s names.
Eponymy is common in medicine: the names of many diseases, procedures, and other things are eponyms. They are often based on the person who first described them or researched them. Examples of medical eponyms include Alzheimer’s disease (named for German neurologist Alois Alzheimer) and the Heimlich maneuver (named for U.S. physician H. J. Heimlich).
The word eponym can also refer to the person whom something is named after. Walt Disney is the eponym for The Walt Disney Company.
The adjective eponymous is used to describe someone who has given their name to something or has had something named after them.
Example: Many birders object to the use of eponymy in naming birds.
Where does eponymy come from?
Eponymy is used to name all kinds of things. It’s common in the naming of places, such as streets, cities, states, and even countries. It’s also common in science and mathematics. The principle known as Stigler’s law of eponymy states that scientific eponyms usually don’t accurately reflect who discovered something or first described it.
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What are some other forms related to eponymy?
- eponym (noun)
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How is eponymy used in real life?
Eponymy is commonly used in the sciences and in the naming of places.
— Alan Moss MD (@moss_md) May 21, 2020
TIL: Some anatomists revolted against the practice of eponymy (attaching names to body parts eg Fallopian tube) during late 19th century.
Ironically, one the greatest rebels was Friedrich Henle, after which a whole string of eponyms are based on.
— Leonard Javier ✊ #HealthForAll ⌬ (@STPbasileo) May 7, 2020
— Tim Flanagan (@imKopfetschirpt) November 29, 2015
Try using eponymy!
Is eponymy used correctly in the following sentence?
Medical eponymy is experiencing a reckoning due to the use of names of doctors with ties to Nazism.
Example sentences from the Web for eponymy
(Dated) the month Sebat, the first day, the eponymy of Bel-kharran-Sadua.'
(Dated) the third day of Sebat, in the eponymy of Rimmon-lid-ani.