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January 1975

Second Thoughts on Bimedial Recession

Arch Ophthalmol. 1975;93(1):87. doi:10.1001/archopht.1975.01010020091015

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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.

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