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medical bacronym


Definition A backronym* in medicine, which is based on a known name or term.

Example The scoring system** for rapid evaluation of infants devised by Virginia Apgar*** later became an acronym—Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration–referring to the parameters assessed in a newborn.

Comments *A phrase coined to fit an acronym

**Current Researches in Anesthesia and Analgesia 1953; 32: 260-267

***Here pictured. 

Synonyms Reverse acronym, false acronym

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