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Glossary: Definitions of Disability, Health and Medical Terms

Updated/Revised Date: 2021-08-01
Author: Disabled World | Contact us

Synopsis: Glossaries of health and disability definitions including dictionary terminology for disabilities, medical, and dental terms. A glossary (idioticon, vocabulary, clavis) is an alphabetical list of terms in a certain area of knowledge. Acronyms (Abbreviations) are letters referencing a program or organization by just using the first letters of the name.

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Many of the words and terms used in the health and medicine field can be confusing and hard to understand. Therefore Disabled World has supplied a number of definitions relating to many of the health and disability terms used on our website which you may encounter. Included in our glossary are the meaning of these words and terminology to help make life a little easier.


Common vocabulary terms that seem the same are sometimes not - Confusion can extend from psychological terms that are commonly assumed to be similar, if not identical, but which in fact refer to very different concepts.

Also see our list of lists pertaining to disability, health, and medical fields.

Defining the Terminology of Reference Words

Several dictionaries, thesauruses, and reference books stacked on a shelf.
Several dictionaries, thesauruses, and reference books stacked on a shelf.

Medicine Definitions

In medical dictionaries, definitions should to the greatest extent possible be:

Subtopics and Associated Subjects

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