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Dictionaries & Glossaries

The Language of Cancer (Intelihealth)
Explains common cancer terminology that your doctor may use. Stresses the importance of asking your doctor for an explanation when you don't understand a word or term he or she uses. Registration required for free access to Intelihealth. [2/04]

Lung Cancer & Related Acronyms (Lung Cancer Online)
Compiled by Lorraine Johnston and Karen Parles, MLS

Respiratory Care Terminology (The Medical Center)
An alphabetical listing of respiratory care terms with brief definitions. [1998]

MPIP Glossifier (Melanoma Patients' Information Page)
Excellent tool for helping to understand medical articles and other Internet medical information. The URL of the article or webpage to be "glossified" and it will appear in your browser with all the glossary words highlighted and linked to their definition.

Online Medical Dictionary (CancerWeb)

Dictionary of Cancer Terms (National Cancer Institute)

Glossary of Cancer Research Terms (American Association for Cancer Research)

Pharma-Lexicon: A Dictionary of Pharmaceutical Medicine
Extensive database of pharmaceutical acronyms and their definitions.
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Medical & Drug Reference

Medical Encyclopedia (MEDLINEplus)
Thousands of articles from the medical encyclopedia covering diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries.

NCI Drug Dictionary (National Cancer Institute)
Definitions and synonyms for more than 500 agents being used in the treatment of cancer or cancer-related conditions.

MEDLINEplus: Drug Information (National Library of Medicine)
Information on more than 9,000 prescription and over-the-counter medications provided by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).

How to Research the Medical Literature

How to Research the Medical Literature (Cancerguide)
Sections include: the research cycle, where to get references, using medical databases, types of papers in the medical literature, how to find and use a medical library.


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