A medical dictionary is a must-have for doctors or anyone in the medical profession. It defines and explains most every medical term. Most of these dictionaries have a glossary so that terms can easily be found. Now with the Internet, online versions of these dictionaries are easier to search than ever.
Some people believe that there needed to be average Joe versions of a medical dictionary. That is, something aimed at the regular person. A number of popular websites have been developed along these lines. They contain not only the definitions of many medical terms, but searches of conditions based on symptoms. Someone could look up headache and runny nose, for example, to determine that they have a common cold.
But some of these plain person versions of a medical dictionary can be tricky. Diagnosing a condition takes a lot of knowledge and practice. Some common symptoms can apply to a variety of different diseases. It’s very easy to make a mistake. For example someone may think that a pain in the chest is a heart attack. It could be a pulled muscle. However, it’s always wise to seek medical attention if you do have chest pain.
Incorrect conclusions drawn from this type of medical dictionary could lead people to panic. It could also lead people to having arguments with doctors. But it is good to have some information, and to be familiar with the things that your doctor might be thinking or doing to treat you.
A traditional medical dictionary contains phrases in terms for medicine. Many people kept copies of these dictionaries so that they could look things up either before going to a doctor or the place of going to a doctor. In this matter this type of dictionary was very much like the online sites.
Looking at a medical dictionary we can define and learn about many medical terms. For example the term headache returns a very straightforward definition.