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March 15, 2000

Anatomy: Terminologia Anatomica: International Anatomical Terminology

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2000;283(11):1485-1486. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1485

This latest version of international anatomic nomenclature, approved in August 1997 at São Paulo, Brazil, is the product of almost a decade of research and debate by a committee of the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists (IFAA). Basically a revision of the sixth edition of Nomina Anatomica (NA), the system features enough innovations to justify the change of name. Of its 7500 terms, some 1000 are new; many of these have been in unofficial use for years. About 10% of the terms that appeared in NA have been either altered or rejected.