Medical Dictionaries

Learning the terminology of the medical field is no easy task. Understanding the detailed definitions of terms and being able to pronounce them correctly is just one of many challenges facing medical professionals and students.

For these individuals, having a handy medical dictionary to help them cope with that challenge is a necessity. Having a medical dictionary on a PDA is possible and that means those definitions can be accessed quickly, easily, and conveniently whenever and wherever they are needed. Below are some details about a few of these medical dictionaries.

Search the NetDoc Medical Dictionary

Search the NetDoc Medical Dictionary

The American HeritageĀ® Stedman's Medical Dictionary

This portable medical dictionary allows medical professionals to easily explain complicated terminology in ways ordinary, untrained consumers can understand. The dictionary contains more than 45,000 terms, as well as diagrams and illustrations which enhance the definitions of those terms. The medical dictionary also includes brief biographies about some of the important contributors to the medical professional (Stedman's Medical Dictionary).

Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations

Understanding terminology is only part of the medical professional's battle. He or she must also be able to use and understand a the acronyms and abbreviations which are part of the field's vocabulary. This medical dictionary includes more than 10,000 entries which help medical professionals stay on top of these acronyms and abbreviations. It also contains some of the latest additions to the terminology, including shortened forms of terms from molecular biology and the most recent virus nomenclature.

Dorland's Pocket Medical Dictionary

Most medical professionals would agree that there are some terms that one must-know in order to treat, diagnose, and work with patients daily. These terms are collected in one handy piece of software so professionals can quickly find the definitions they need without dealing with those less frequently used pieces of terminology. This medical dictionary includes the following:

  • 2,800 new terms
  • 500 new drug terms
  • anatomy terms which reflect the new Terminologia Anatomica
  • Built-in calculations for making conversions to and from the metric system

Online Dictionaries

Among the most comprehensive dictionaries are those produced by the National Institutes of Health. Two public-domain dictionaries, each including more than 40,000 terms, have been released. The first, released by the National Cancer Institute, can be easily accessed at through the Netdoc.com Medical Dictionary. The second, through the NIH's grant database CRISP, can be accessed at CRISP Thesaurus.

Both Free Medical PDA Software packages and Palm medical software packages are described through our medical software page. To learn more about other convenient software for medical professionals read "The Washington Manual of Medical Therapeutics" or "Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary."