Dictionaries and Glossaries

Links to web-sites explaining medical terms, phrases and words.

UK sites

British Pain Society Useful Definitions and Glossary

Definitions of medical terms related to pain and painful conditions.

Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d)

Website for searching and browsing the NHS standard Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d) which is used throughout the NHS as a means of uniquely identifying medicines and medical devices used in the health care of patients.

Glossary of Health, Social Care and Information Technology

Explains terms used by health and social care agencies.

Health and Social Services Glossary of Acronyms

Provided by the Socialist Health Association, is intended to help lay people to understand what people in health and social care are talking about when they use acronyms.

Social Care Jargon Buster

Provided by 'think local act personal' has 52 of the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean. 

MediLexicon Medical Dictionaries

Use to search for the meaning of medical abbreviations and terms.

Medical Abbreviations
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Medical Dictionary

Mondofacto Medical Dictionary

A searchable dictionary of medical and scientific terms.

US Sites


(US site) - comprehensive medical dictionary.


(US site) - medical dictionary provided by MedicineNet.com.


(US site) - a portal to a number of online dictionaries, including medical dictionaries.

Hilary Cole
Peer Reviewer:
Hilary Cole
Document ID:
7245 (v7)
Last Checked:
12 July 2011

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