About the MedTerms(TM) Medical Dictionary

Welcome to MedicineNet's MedTermsTM Medical Dictionary!

The MedTermsTM Medical Dictionary is somewhat different from the traditional medical dictionary. Since this Medical Dictionary was first conceived some years ago, the medical staff of MedicineNet.com has added (and subtracted) entries almost daily. We have also revised existing entries on an ongoing basis. The MedTermsTM Medical Dictionary is an online publication with the advantages of this electronic medium.

The MedTermsTM Medical Dictionary contains a considerable and constantly changing number of classical and contemporary medical terms. Some of the entries to these terms are longer than regular dictionary entries and are miniature medical essays. The end result is that this Medical Dictionary might be called an "e- encyclopedic dictionary." We have called it simply a Dictionary to emphasize its function as an easy-access, reliable reference.

Standard Medical Dictionary Terms Plus ....

The choice of terms in this Medical Dictionary is a purposeful mixture. Entries in the Medical Dictionary include not only the usual standard medical terms but also pertinent scientific items, abbreviations, acronyms, jargon, institutions, projects, symptoms, syndromes, eponyms, medical history -- all having to do with medicine and the biomedical sciences, particularly anything of value and of interest.

By Doctors, For You

This Medical Dictionary was written entirely by physicians but not just for physicians, nurses or allied health professionals. It was designed to be of use to everyone concerned about health -- their health and the health of those that matter to them. The fact that the content of this dictionary is 100% doctor-produced by MedicineNet.com ensures an unusual degree of professional expertise, reliability, and perspective that is sensitive to the needs of those confronting health issues.

Medicine is a field that is advancing rapidly on many fronts and its language is continually evolving. In today's health industry, there is constant communication between and among both consumers and providers of healthcare. There is consequently a particular need for a contemporary medical dictionary of high quality.

In the modern day complex healthcare environment, patients, their physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals must be able to discuss the ever-changing aspects of health, disease, and biotechnology. An accurate understanding of medical terminology can assist communication and improve care for patients, as well as help to alleviate the concerns of families and friends.

We hope that you will find this Medical Dictionary a valuable addition to your family or office's electronic library and a source of both information and illumination in any medical situation.

-- The Editors, MedicineNet.com