Dermatology probably has the largest vocabulary of any of the medical specialties,1 a statement to which we can attest when we reviewed aspects of the Dermatology Lexicon project. Some terms are derived from the Latin or Greek and present spelling problems to all but a select few. Examples include acrokeratosis verruciformis and pterigium. Other diseases carry names that are such a mouthful that few can call them out without the interruption of breathing. These might include erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica and dermatitis exudative discoid and lichenoid of Sulzberger and Garbe. No wonder the former is now referred to simply as candidosis, or is it, candidiasis, and the latter as oid-oid disease or Sulzberger-Garbe disease.
Parish, Lawrence Charles and Witkowski, Joseph A., "Updating the dermatologic nomenclature: names that are good or bad." (2010). Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology Faculty Papers. Paper 120.
This article is the authors' final version prior to publication in SKINmed, Volume 8, Issue 4, July-August 2010, Pages 199-200.
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