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This list of medical words decoded into plain language was developed by the Medical Library Association to help patients understand their healthcare provider. Healthcare professionals can use it to help translate medical terminology into simple language in order to improve patient communication.
Plain Language Medical Dictionary
A project of the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library. To use, click on the drop down menu to browse the list of high-level medical terms. Once a word or phrase is selected, the plain language translation will appear in the box.
Plain Language Thesaurus
From the CDC's National Center for Health Marketing, this thesaurus offers plain language equivalents to medical terms, phrases, and references.
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