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January 2, 1954

A Source-Book of Medical Terms

JAMA. 1954;154(1):99. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940350101045

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In this book have been assembled in alphabetical sequence the numerous word elements, combining forms, prefixes, and suffixes from which modern medical terms have been coined. Following each are the Greek, Latin, French, or other words from which it has been derived, together with the original meanings. For those readers who have had no training in Greek and Latin grammar, the various forms of nouns, adjectives, and verbs as well as related words needed to account for the complete spelling of the majority of terms employed in modern medical writing, are presented succinctly. With each entry numerous examples are offered to show how the word elements have been used in the construction of medical terms. These examples, taken from medical dictionaries, are dissected into basic formative elements. No medical dictionary has ever attempted this type of etymological treatment. In making readily available adequate information on the etymology of many medical

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