Illness and Disease

Today I wish to discuss a pair of words: Illness and disease. I think that they are interesting because very often they are considered to be synonymous, and especially by Spanish-speaking doctors, who only have one translation for both these words: Enfermedad. The Merriam Webster dictionary states that illness is ” a condition of being…

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Confusing words 2

Administer and administrate are often and easily confused. To administer means to deliver treatment. For example; ” The drug was administered subcutaneously.” Whereas to administrate means to direct the affairs of a business. For example; ” The university administrates the funding of the laboratory”.   An anaesthesiologist is US English, and is a physician specialising…

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Confusing words 1

This is another new section, and it is entitled “Confusing Words”. One of the most important things when writing or when speaking is using the correct word, and especially in a scientific and medical setting. Unfortunately, this is not always possible and even for native speakers but when, as in the case of many of…

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