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medical backronymJoe Segen2016-11-10T15:14:39+00:00
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
Synonyms Reverse acronym, false acronym