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To the Editor.
—Regarding Dr. Young's letter in the September issue of the Archives on the use of the word "bimedial" (92:269, 1974), the prefix "bi," meaning two, is commonly used in English, both in medicine and in daily speech. Examples are binocular, two eyes; binaural, two ears; and bilingual, two languages.I think it is neither improper nor ambiguous to use the term "bimedial rectus recession" to refer to a recession of two medial recti.The purpose of language is communication. As long as a word is generally understood, and does not confuse, I see no reason to be pedantic and strike it arbitrarily from our vocabulary. If bimedial is not in the medical dictionary, it should be.
Werner EB. Second Thoughts on Bimedial Recession. Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(1):87. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020091015