You’ve landed on the New Medical Terms (NMT) website, which is the front end of the first new medical dictionary to have been compiled in over 75 years*. The primary target audience is the medical student, for whom a medical dictionary should be a useful tool but, because it doesn’t provide needed information, is not. New Medical Terms has been designed from the ground up to address that deficiency, by providing students and health professionals with blocks of reliable information.
The first block of information is Medical Abbreviations and Acronyms (MA&A), which contains over 18,000 important abbreviations used in medicine. It is the only physician-curated list and is far more relevant and much broader in scope than the 3,000 abbreviations found in the Dorland’s Medical Dictionary. The intent is that newmedicalterms.com will be the medical students’ “go to” place for abbreviations. The next two blocks of information to go online are Genes–which contains over 5000 important genes and the diseases with which they’re linked, and the aptly-named Syndromes & Diseases–which has nearly 5000 syndromes.
Before I take you under the hood (bonnet for those who speak proper English) and show you the back end, let me walk you through the front end.
I started the New Medical Terms platform in 2012, and blogged about five biomedical terms per day for a couple of years. The bulk of the terms were chosen because I felt they were important to the practice of modern medicine, but had been given short shrift in the major medical dictionaries. Each of these terms is given its own page to make searching and browsing easier. This one-page-per-term created a logistical nightmare for Kent Hummel, my webmaster, given the need to organize and manage the resulting 5,000 pages.
Because this New Medical Terms platform is breaking a lot of new ground, I started off with a blank page and, for better or worse, parsed all 5000-ish terms into 7 broad groups. At the bottom of this page, the reader will find an outline of what’s included under each heading, recognising that no classification as far-reaching as this, will be without flaws and quirks
This group includes terminology that has passed into disuse, including as examples, cat unit, dog unit and measles party. Medically relevant terms from evolution and anthropology are in this group for historical reasons.
This section contains terms that:
include tests, procedures and therapies that are of largely historic interest
Relate to human history – e.g., anthropology and paleoanthropology, or
All of the above described 5,000-ish pages on this website fall into one of these 7 groups. They’re for your browsing pleasure; feel free to link, like and share.
This website is the front end of the modernmedicaldictionary.com database, which now has 189,624 entries in varying stages of completion. The first product, an iOS/Android app, being spun off the database will be Medical Abbreviations and Acronyms—MA&As, which has over 18,000 entries, making it the largest such physician-curated collection of MA&As. You’ll shortly be able to search it in situ on this site, or depending on user interest, download it onto your smart device.