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Symbol Syntax and Sense
The Technical Language of Medicine
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abbreviation abstract acute adjective adverb amphiboly analogy atrial fibrillation auditory tube avoid back-formation better chapter clarity classical clinical comma common composition conciseness construction contains correct dangling participle deductive reasoning denotes diagnosis dictionary disease drug editor elliptical clause English errors example expression formal writing function genitive gerund gobbledygook grammar grammarian Greek headword hypallage hyphen ideas infinitive initialisms and acronyms JAMA jargon language Latin lesion less liver logic material meaning medical writing medicine metaphor modern modifier morphemes natural noun object origin Osler paper paragraph patient perfectly phonetic physician placenta praevia plural practice preposition principles pronoun prose punctuation readability reader reading refers relative clause relative pronoun repetition revision rhetorical rule scientific sentence sometimes speech spigelian hernias stem style suffix syntactic syntax technical exposition technical writing tion tives transitional usage usually verb word or phrase word order words and phrases