Dictionary of Modern Medicine database
After years of tweaking and fine-tuning, we at www.newmedicalterms.com have begun releasing portions of the 21st century’s first new medical lexicon, the Dictionary of Modern Medicine database (DMMD).
Instead of covering the same ground as that covered by the Dorland’s, Mosby’s, Stedman’s, and Taber’s medical dictionaries, the DMMD has focused on areas of biomedical and clinical interest which, whilst increasingly important to the understanding and practice of medicine, one doesn’t find in these venerated works.
Over time, we will extend our reach to include that material…but for the short term the DMMD will focus on important terminology not found elsewhere under the same roof.
Rather than blah, blah, blah you, dear reader, to death about what’s in version 2 of the database, I invite you to see for yourself. Late last year (2017), we released version 1, which had 37,739 definitions in 6 categories. Version 2 has 45,400 definitions, now including an additional category, that of Inherited syndromes (see chart). Noteworthy is the number of aliases and synonyms in the DMMD. In the Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary one sees three entries for the synonyms syndactylia, syndactylism, and syndactyly. We count 1 definition and 2 aliases. As of today, 11 August 2018, the DMM database has 188,892 entries in varying stages of completion. In addition, we have 194,901 aliases for a total of 383,813 biomedical terms (including aliases). At last count, we have 50,391 references, based on our recognition that in the 21st century even secondary literature is beholden to prior work and the need to quote the source of information.
As curator, I would note that the Genes subdatabase is a work-in-progress. Version 2 has core information (definitions) on 12,200 genes that I’ve come across in reading. Whilst that may seem like a large number, the human genome has well over 20,000 genes (both DNA and RNA), pseudogenes, and non-coding stretches of nucleic acid. This means that users won’t find every “important” gene. To address that gap, I expect to release version 3 in the late fall of this year (2018) with an additional 3,000 to 4,000 genes, in addition to countless corrections and updates of the genes subdatabase.
Other year-end additions will include more inherited syndromes from the OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man) catalogue, and possibly one or more additional subdatabases, which may include evidence-based medicine; forensic medicine, therapeutic monoclonals and recently approved drugs and devices, and sports medicine. It’s hard to project, 4 to 6 months out, where our numbers will be at the end of 2018, but proper definitions should be north of 55,000 (of the pool of 190+K terms in the DMMD) and searchables (aliases) around 225,000. We believe the DMMD will become your “go to” resource for succinct biomedical definitions.
Feel free to email me with questions on and suggestions for new and current content.
JC Segen, MD, FCAP
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