Stedman's Medical Dictionary


The 27th edition of Stedman's Medical Dictionary reflects the thorough revision and critical review by 44 medical consultants as well as by a team of skilled editors and expert lexicographers. Readers will note extensive updating in all specialties, but especially in the terminology of genetics, oncology, pediatrics, pulmonology, emergency medicine, bacteriology, and laboratory medicine. Additionally, in accordance with the nomenclature approved by the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists, gross...

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The 27th edition of Stedman's Medical Dictionary reflects the thorough revision and critical review by 44 medical consultants as well as by a team of skilled editors and expert lexicographers. Readers will note extensive updating in all specialties, but especially in the terminology of genetics, oncology, pediatrics, pulmonology, emergency medicine, bacteriology, and laboratory medicine. Additionally, in accordance with the nomenclature approved by the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists, gross anatomy and neuroanatomy terminology now reflects the Terminologia Anatomica (TA), while still retaining the Nomina Anatomica Latin terms for histology and embryology. Anatomical definitions are found where readers are most likely to look — at the English translations of the Latin terms. The 27th also includes veterinary medicine terms, now focused solely on terminology relevant to human medicine. Stedman's 27th contains more than 1,050 images, many of them in color and new to the Stedman's Dictionary, which expand and clarify the meanings of terms. Every image was reviewed by specialty consultants for clarity, scientific accuracy, and currency. Numerous tables present complicated information in schematic format to facilitate learning. There are also 64 pages of full-color anatomy and diagnostic medicine images, as well as a 32-page quick-reference anatomical atlas showcasing art from "" A complete index containing the names of each structure accompanies these richly labeled illustrations.Brand new to the 27th edition, the "Genus Finder" speeds the search for definitions of genus species names by spelling out the genus abbreviations under the speciesnames. Along with the new features in the 27th, readers will continue to benefit from features found in the previous edition, including, "High Profile Terms," 131 concepts that so profoundly affect the practice of medicine that they warrant more than the standard dictionary definition: "Word Finder," a long list of multiple-term entries in the front of the book to speed readers to the definition they seek; Cross-References, printed in blue, to point readers quickly to the preferred term where the definition appears; "Combining Forms," highlighted to help readers build their medical vocabulary; "Precision Thumb Tabs," which appear at the edge of every page, constantly orienting the reader in the book and speeding the search. Readers will find Stedman's 27th more accessible, informative, and comprehensive, the perfect guide for those who wish to speak and write about health care more precisely.

The book contains color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer:LouAnn Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P(Univ of Illinois at Chicago School of Biomed & Health Info Mgmt)
Description:With this edition of a classic medical dictionary, Stedman's continues a long tradition of providing a current, comprehensive, and accurate medical lexicon. First published in 1911 as a modernized version of the first American medical dictionary published in 1833, this is one of the most authoritative medical references available in print.
Purpose:The purpose is to serve as a guide in the use of medical terminology. The publisher refers to it as "a record of a living language." The book describes how medical words are formed, spelled, pronounced, and defined as they are actually used. An electronic format is also available.
Audience:The audience includes anyone who uses or is interested in medial terminology. The book is likely to be used by medical and allied health students and seasoned medical professionals, as well as anyone who uses medical terminology in a healthcare, business, or legal environment. The author and publisher are recognized as foremost authorities in medical language. The book is reviewed by professionals in 52 medical specialties to remain current.
Features:New features in this edition are new specialty reviewers, Terminologia Anatomica added for gross anatomy and neuroanatomy, a Genus finder for all binomial names cross-referenced by the species name, three large anatomy tables and an expanded art program of over 1,000 color illustrations. There are 64 pages of full-color anatomy and diagnostic medicine images and a 32-page anatomicalatlas.
Assessment:Every library needs this dictionary in its reference section. Stedman's, which has become a synonym for medical dictionary, is also a necessity in any office or department that uses medical terminology on a regular basis. There is an excellent introduction and even seasoned users would benefit from reading "How to Use This Dictionary." The illustrations are exceptional. The appendixes contain many useful references including abbreviations, symbols, comparative temperature scales, weights and measures, laboratory test reference range values, and charts that describe the origin, course, and actions of all arteries, muscles, and nerves. This edition continues the tradition of Stedman's as a first class medical dictionary.
<:st>This is the standard authority on medical language cited in the major references, including and . The 27th edition adds 12,000 new terms for a total of 102,000 entries, and features a genus finder, terminologia anatomica (Latin and English anatomical terms for the specialties of gross anatomy and neuroanatomy, and new diagnostic plates reflecting current imaging methods and including clinical and laboratory images to help diagnose common diseases and ailments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683079197
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/1/1976
  • Edition description: 22d ed., completely rev
  • Edition number: 22
  • Pages: 1533

Table of Contents

Preface ... vi
Consultants ... ix
Contributors ... xii
Artist Credits ... xiii
Illustration Sources ... xiv
Illustration Index ... xix
Table Index ... xxiv
High Profile Terms in This Edition ... xxv
How To Use This Dictionary ... xxvi
Genus Finder ... GF1
Word Finder ... WF1
A-Z Vocabulary ... 1
Index to the Anatomical Plates ... IAP1
Color Anatomical Plates ... A1
Diagnostic Imaging and Anatomical Positioning Plates ... B1
Clinical and Microscopic Plates ... C1
Table of Contents to the Appendices ... 2006
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Welcome to the 27th edition of Stedman's Medical Dictionary. This edition continues a long tradition of providing a comprehensive, current, and accurate medical lexicon to medical and health professionals.

Stedman's Medical Dictionary is the successor to the first American medical dictionary, Dr. Robley Dunglison's A New Dictionary of Medical Science and Literature, first published in 1833. This work continued through successive editions until the 23rd and last edition, which was edited by Thomas Lathrop Stedman, MD, in 1903. Five years later, Dr. Stedman wrote a modernized version of the Dunglison dictionary. It was published in 1911 as A Practical Medical Dictionary and is now known as Stedman's.

Although Stedman's is steeped in tradition, at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins we make use of database technology in editing and revising the lexicon. Database publication of Stedman's allows us to achieve a level of accuracy and currency that would not have been possible in Dr. Stedman's day. Today, the content of the dictionary is more consistent and more accurate than ever before. Our database also enables us to produce Stedman's Electronic Medical Dictionary for those who want the speed and convenience of digital access to our medical reference information.

New in This Edition

This edition of Stedman's has been critically reviewed and revised by consultants representing 52 medical specialties. Revisions of genetics, bacteriology, gross anatomy, and laboratory medicine were especially extensive. Veterinary medicine terms were revised to focus on that terminology relevant to human medicine.

NewTerms Editor Thomas Filardo, MD, creates the position of New Terms Editor with this edition. As a generalist, he has taken a holistic view of the dictionary and has suggested to the specialty consultants new terms for inclusion. He has also adjudicated submissions from the consultants, with a view toward achieving a more consistent, complete, and correct reference.

New Specialties We have added consultants in oncology, pediatrics, pulmonology, and emergency medicine, reflecting the increasing importance of these specialties.

Terminologia Anatomica For many years, the Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology has been working on changing the official anatomy nomenclature from Nomina Anatomica [NA] to Terminologia Anatomica [TA]. The committee's official TA Latin and English anatomical terms have been approved by the International Federation of Associations of Anatomists.

At the printing of this edition, the committee had completed the new terminology for Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy, but was still at work on Embryology, Cytology, and Histology. This edition of Stedman's, therefore, reflects the TA terminology for Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy but retains the NA nomenclature for Embryology, Cytology, and Histology. Please note that we have by no means deleted the Gross Anatomy and Neuroanatomy Nomina Anatomica Latin terms from Stedman's; they are simply not designated as NA anymore.

As we did in the 26th edition, we list anatomical definitions where readers are most likely to look - at the English translations of the Latin terms.

Genus Finder To find the binomial designation and definition of an organism (except viruses) in Stedman's, you must look under the genus name. Yet in much of the medical literature, the genus component of a binomial is abbreviated even at first reference, and the genus is never identified. Readers who do not know the genus name will have trouble finding the definition in a dictionary.

Our new Genus Finder solves this problem. All binomial names in Stedman's are cross-referenced by the species name. For example, to identify P. falciparum, look in the Genus Finder under "falciparum" and find Plasmodium. Then take your search to the pages of the dictionary under Plasmodium, where you will find the entry and its definition.

Because virus nomenclature does not abbreviate the genus name, viruses are not included in Genus Finder.

Anatomy Tables in the first appendix of this dictionary, you will find three large anatomy tables. Taken with revisions from Dr. Keith Moore's Clinically Oriented Anatomy, 4th Edition, these tables list all the arteries, nerves, and muscles of the body, along with relevant information, and reflect the Terminologia Anatomica nomenclature.

The Art Program Our goal for the art program was to use images and tables that would expand and clarify the meanings of the dictionary terms. To that end, our consultants and editors, under the direction of Art Director Jonathan Dimes, have reviewed every submitted image for clarity, scientific accuracy, and currency. The result is more than 1050 color illustrations, photographs, and tables.

In this edition are three insert sections totaling 64 pages of full-color anatomy and diagnostic medicine images. The quick-reference, 32-page anatomical atlas near the center of the book showcases art from adam. coin, the award-winning medical education software company. A complete index containing each structure precedes these richly labeled illustrations.

We are also proud to present over 400 illustrations created by renowned medical artist Neil O. Hardy. Mr. Hardy's exceptional 50-year career has been highlighted by numerous honors, including the Association of Medical Illustrators' Lifetime Achievement Award.

Within the A to Z section there are over 700 illustrations, many with multiple images to help the reader better understand a topic. A symbol beside an entry - a white letter "I" in a solid blue square (B) - indicates that the entry is illustrated, either on that page or in the inserts.

Readers can easily locate any image using the Illustration Index on page xix in the front section of the book. Simply look up the term in the Illustration Index to find the page number of the illustration.

Continuing Features

Yes, we have added new features to make Stedman's more accessible, informative, and comprehensive, but we've left others unchanged because they have served our readers well and distinguish us from other medical dictionaries.

High Profile Terms In the 26th edition, we introduced "high profile" terms. These are concepts that so profoundly affect the practice of medicine that they warrant more than the standard dictionary definition. John Dirckx, MD, Etymology consultant and internist, wrote the high profile terms for this edition. With the help of our consultants, Dr. Dirckx identified 131 high profile terms, 51 of which he expanded and extensively revised from the previous edition; the others are new to the 27th edition. These terms appear in the A to Z section of the book, highlighted between blue horizontal rules.

Word Finder We have continued our practice of publishing a long list of multiple-term entries in the front of the book. The purpose of this list is to identify where in the dictionary a multiple-term entry is defined - the main challenge in a dictionary organized, as Stedman's is, in main entry/subentry format. All of the definitions involving "cochlear," for example, do not appear at "cochlear"; instead, they appear as subentries of these other, organizing entries:

aqueduct; area; canal; canaliculus; duct; implant; joint; labyrinth; nerve; nucleus; part; prosthesis; recess; root; window.

For more information about using Word Finder, see page WFl, the section immediately preceding the A-Z section.

Easy-to-find Subentries We continue our practice of putting each subentry on a new line to help readers quickly find the information they need.

Cross-References in Blue Many entries do not have definitions; they are synonyms that point readers to the main term where the definition appears. We have printed all these synonyms in blue, signaling readers to look up the word in blue to find the definition.

Building Blocks Approximately 1200 Greek and Latin word parts account for about 90 percent of medical language, so learning these word parts helps one understand the language. We've marked these suffixes, j prefixes, and combining forms with the universal symbol for recycling a in the margins of the A to Z section, and we've listed them on page 2007.

Precision Thumb Tabs On every page is a green thumb tab with the first two letters of the last word on that page. We call this a strategic thumb index because it enables readers to know exactly where they are in the alphabet whenever they open the book. This is another feature that helps readers find what they want quickly.

Working Dictionary Stedman's is a working dictionary, a record of a living language, and words are formed, spelled, pronounced, and defined as they are actually used. Every dictionary contains words that by philological standards are misformed, misspelled, mispronounced, or misused. A dictionary may suggest standards, but it cannot enforce them. Stedman's, therefore, serves as a guide for those who wish to speak and write more precisely and to coin new terms more accurately.


Editing Stedman's is much larger than any one person. A team of consultants, editors, artists, proofreaders, and database experts is responsible for this book. We at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins are grateful, first and foremost, to the consultants in the medical specialties for writing and revising the more than 100,000 entries in this dictionary.

We are especially grateful to Dr. Dirckx and Dr. Filardo who, in addition to their contracted work, provided expert assistance on everything from questions of usage and spelling to the value of an illustration.

Special thanks are due our Managing Editor, Barbara Werner, and our Chief Online Editor, Barbara Ferretti, for bringing their skill, diligence, dedication, and good humor to the multitudinous tasks they performed for this edition.

I would also like to acknowledge another large group - Stedman's users - whose comments, suggestions, additions, and corrections greatly influence the products we publish. Thank you for your participation, and please continue to provide information to us that will make our products more useful to you.

Finally, a special tribute to Joan D. Caldwell, former Vice-President and Publisher at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. During the final decade of this century, Joan directed the Stedman's publishing efforts with unfailing acumen and good humor. She brought Stedman's products to the attention of an unprecedented number of healthcare professionals and laypeople, and she set the standard for customer-focused product development matched by few publishers today. We thank her for showing us the way.

Maureen Barlow Pugh
Senior Managing Editor
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Baltimore, Maryland

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