Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms, Euphemisms, Jargon, and Slang

  • Robert B. Taylor


Medical scientific terms are the meat and potatoes of clinical discourse. Abbreviations, acronyms, euphemisms, jargon, and slang are the condiments. They add flavor to what might otherwise be multi-syllabic discussions. These sometimes arcane, occasionally insightful, communication tools allow us to convey information in a shorthand manner, often in ways unintelligible to the non-medical person, at least so we think.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Hereditary Spherocytosis Shoulder Dystocia Seasonal Affective Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert B. Taylor
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  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine School of MedicineOregon Health & Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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