New Medical Terms

New Medical Terms 2018-01-25T12:48:31+00:00

New Medical Terms

This website includes over 4,500 terms and derives from the work done on the Dictionary of Modern Medicine database (DMMD), an entirely new medical reference compiled and written by a physician for other physicians, medical students, and advanced health professionals. The DMMD is remarkable because it is:

BIGGER The DMMD defines substantially more terms than the closest competitor: The Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary, which has 124,000 terms. As of today, the DMMD has 185,930 entries. However, unlike the Dorland’s, the DMMD does not, repeat, DOES NOT count aliases and synonyms as proper entries. Whereas the Dorland’s counts syndactylia, syndactylism and syndactyly as three separate entries, the DMMD counts them as one. As of last count, the DMMD has 153,000 aliases. As we do the math (186,000 + 154,000 = 340,000), the DMMD has well over two times more entries than the Dorland’s…if we counted the way they do…we don’t.

BETTER Better is a tricky adjective… ask a dozen people and you’re likely to get a dozen answers. Here, it means simply, “not dumbed down.” All of the material on this website is written by a physician…for peers. Everything has been worded and re-worded, and in many cases, beyond that, for the sake of efficiency… This site is a tool, nothing more. We believe you will find it useful.

BROADER The DMMD includes terminology from fields that are not included in traditional medical dictionaries. As examples, the DMMD has material from Complementary medicine, Ethics, Evidence-based practice, Forensics, Informatics, Managed care, and Social care, to mention a handful of the nearly 100 areas of medical interest that have been tapped for source material

AUTHORITATIVE The DMMD is compiled/written by one person. Recognizing that a one-man show of any sort raises the question of credibility, many of the definitions/entries have references to the original source material. I haven’t counted lately, but the DMMD has over 30,000 references…compared to the relative handful found in the Dorland’s and other medical dictionaries.

FASTER The DMMD is a working database. In contrast to text-based (e.g., Kindle) medical dictionaries, where searches take a minute or more and may not find the information, searches in the DMMD are Google-like, take milliseconds and find targeted keyword-based information…and one can do boolean searches.

TIMELY The database format of the DMMD adds a level of timeliness which is impossible with paper products and their cousins, text-based eBooks. Inefficiencies occur at all steps along the way of book production, including preproduction, printing, warehousing and shipping. None of this occurs when the work is a database, the freshest version of which requires only that one hits “send” for the recipients to use the latest version

ALPHABETICAL ORDER It seems reasonable to expect a dictionary to be arranged alphabetically. Reason doesn’t always prevail in medical lexicography: iron-deficiency anemia is found under A for anemia; Parkinson’s disease is under D for disease; and draw-a-person test is under T for test. Once you get used to that particular quirk, you can usually find what you’re looking for, based on the rule: Noun first, Adjective second…usually. What if it’s one of those clinical entities that could be a complex, disease, disorder, malformation, or syndrome? The DMMD neatly solves this dilemma: you don’t have to know the preferred name. If you type in the name you’re used to, odds are pretty good that will be the right one. If not, the name you typed in is likely to be in the list of aliases and synonyms, and you’ll still end up in the right place instead endless guessing.

New Medical Terms website image on an iPhone 6

New Medical Terms Categories

All of the above described 4,500-ish pages on this website fall into one of these 7 groups:

Classic Medicine–e.g., anatomy, oncology, pathology, surgery

Extrinsic Medicine–e.g., alcohol, environment, radiation, toxicology

Global Medicine–e.g., British medicine, human rights, terrorism, tropical medicine

Media Medicine–e.g., medspeak, sexology, vox populi

Modern Medicine–e.g., alternative medicine, bariatric medicine, forensics, transplantation

Molecular Medicine–e.g., cell biology, genetics, metabolism, molecular biology

Vintage Medicine–e.g., anthropology, evolution, history of medicine, obsolete terms

Complete list of entries

They’re for your browsing pleasure; feel free to link, like and share. 

This website ( is the front end of the DMMD. The first product, an iOS/Android app to be spun off the database was Medical Abbreviations and Acronyms—MA&As, which has over 20,000 entries, making it the largest physician-curated collection of MA&As. Whilst you can download it to your smart device for free, I wouldn’t recommend doing so for the 5 times per year that you’ll need to translate an abbreviation…unless your device has 256 Gb of memory. On the other hand, the reader is encouraged to download any of the beta versions of the subdatabases, in particular, Genes, which I believe you will find particularly useful.


• Medical Abbreviations and Acronyms (20,000 entries) 

• Genes (7,800 entries) v.1

• British medicine (4,500 entries)

• Sexology (3,000 entries)

• Suicidology (< 1,000 entries)

• Alternative and Complementary Medicine (3,500 entries)

There are over 150,000 aliases/synonyms for the above definitions. What this means is if you don’t know the exact name for something–e.g., gluten-sensitive enteropathy (the term preferred by health professionals) vs celiac disease (a common lay term), or its correct spelling–e.g., celiac disease (American spelling) vs coeliac disease (RP, UK), you’ll still get to the definition


• Genes (11,500 entries) v.2

• Inherited syndromes (3,500 entries, est.)

• Evidence-based medicine (2,000 entries, est.)

• Forensics (1,500 entries, est.)

• Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies (1,000 entries, est.)

• Sleep disorders (500 entries, est.)

Visit often and beta versions of subdatabases are in the works