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September 1974

"Bimedial" Banished

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Montgomery, Ala

Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;92(3):269. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.01010010277026

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To the Editor.  —I was amazed to see that you and your copy editors allowed the term "bimedial" to be used a number of times in the title and body of the article by Rosenbaum et al (Bimedial recession in high AC/A esotropia. 91:251-253, 1974) in the Archives.The term bimedial has been used by ophthalmologists for some years, but it is an anomalous word. Many objects have more than one side so that we may properly use the terms bilateral, trilateral, quadrilateral, and multilateral, but no object has more than one middle; hence, the term bimedial is an anomaly. If we use the term bilateral rectus recession, we would not make ourselves clear that we are referring to the lateral rectus alone. Whenever we speak of operating on the lateral rectus muscles of both eyes we use the phrase "bilateral lateral rectus recession." By similar fashion, we ought to

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