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The Terminologia Anatomica matters: examples from didactic, scientific, and clinical practice

B. Strzelec, P. P. Chmielewski, B. Gworys
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2016.0078
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Pubmed: 28026851
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Folia Morphol 2017;76(3):340-347.

open access

Vol 76, No 3 (2017)
REVIEW ARTICLES
Published online: 2016-12-20
Submitted: 2016-08-19
Accepted: 2016-10-20

Abstract

The proper usage of the anatomical terminology is of paramount importance to all medical professionals. Although a multitude of studies have been devoted to issues associated with the use and application of the recent version of the anatomical terminology in both theoretical medicine and clinical practice, there are still many unresolved problems such as confusing terms, inconsistencies, and errors, including grammar and spelling mistakes. The aim of this article is to describe the current situation of the anatomical terminology and its usage in practice, as well as explain why it is so important to use precise, appropriate, and valid anatomical terms during the everyday communication among physicians from all medical branches. In this review, we discuss some confusing, obsolete, and erroneous terms that are still commonly used by many clinicians, and surgeons in particular, during the process of diagnosis and treatment. The use of these ambiguous, erroneous, and obsolete terms enhances the risk of miscommunication. We also provide some edifying examples from everyday clinical practice.

Abstract

The proper usage of the anatomical terminology is of paramount importance to all medical professionals. Although a multitude of studies have been devoted to issues associated with the use and application of the recent version of the anatomical terminology in both theoretical medicine and clinical practice, there are still many unresolved problems such as confusing terms, inconsistencies, and errors, including grammar and spelling mistakes. The aim of this article is to describe the current situation of the anatomical terminology and its usage in practice, as well as explain why it is so important to use precise, appropriate, and valid anatomical terms during the everyday communication among physicians from all medical branches. In this review, we discuss some confusing, obsolete, and erroneous terms that are still commonly used by many clinicians, and surgeons in particular, during the process of diagnosis and treatment. The use of these ambiguous, erroneous, and obsolete terms enhances the risk of miscommunication. We also provide some edifying examples from everyday clinical practice.

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Keywords

anatomical terminology, anatomical nomenclature, clinical anatomy, clinical practice, coding system of Terminologia Anatomica, general anatomy, gross anatomy

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Title

The Terminologia Anatomica matters: examples from didactic, scientific, and clinical practice

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 76, No 3 (2017)

Pages

340-347

Published online

2016-12-20

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2016.0078

Pubmed

28026851

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2017;76(3):340-347.

Keywords

anatomical terminology
anatomical nomenclature
clinical anatomy
clinical practice
coding system of Terminologia Anatomica
general anatomy
gross anatomy

Authors

B. Strzelec
P. P. Chmielewski
B. Gworys

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