Medical Terminology New Terms
Medical language began with the ancient Greeks over 2000 years ago, since then as medical practice evolved so did the language of medicine. Since the blog was started in 2015 we have featured nine new terms.
There may be many more, but use this page to look at the nine terms and gain insight into how they come into use.
A newly discovered coronavirus and the disease it causes was officially named in February 2020. COVID-19 is the disease. SARS-CoV-2 is the causative virus.
Our understanding of a disease is formed by the language used to identify it. That is why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is being replaced with a new name.
Using unresponsive wakefulness syndrome as an alternative to a persistent vegetative state removes the negative connotation.
Obesity, overweight, excessive fat - is there a stigma attached to these terms? Yes, there is! A physician group is working toward transitioning to a new term, one that broadens the definition and removes the attached stigma.
Read about the new preferred term for "Personalized Medicine" and the reason for the recommended change.
Do you use these terms when talking about addiction: substance abuse, addict, alcoholic, drug addiction? Read the post and learn the changing language of addiction.
Pressure injury is replacing pressure ulcer and other common terms describing an injury to the skin caused by prolonged pressure in bedridden patients.
Check out the terms you need to know to help understand Zika virus disease.
CTE is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain of individuals who have suffered repetitive brain trauma. It is found in some football players and other athletes who have sustained frequent and repetitive head trauma.
In 2010, President Obama signed legislation requiring the Federal Government to replace the term mental retardation with intellectual disability. Learn why!
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