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Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0929-9971
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9994
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Abstract

This paper aims at understanding the reasons why variants of the derivatives of HAEMA — Greek for blood — occur in medical vocabulary. Aspects of variation are seen from a terminological standpoint, which may differ from that prevailing in lexicography or in natural language processing (NLP). We consider as variants of a term not only the forms that are spelt in a similar way, but also its synonyms, i.e. all the forms that have a similar definition. However, since hyponyms of a given term differ by their definitions, i.e. have a separate meaning, we treat them as separate terms: variation becomes part of term formation. The examples in English come from medical dictionaries, a glossary in haematology and MEDLINE. Several types of variation are analysed: graphic, morphological, morphosyntactic, syntactic and lexical, together with their possible meanings, and case studies of the use of some of the variants in context are presented.
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2007-01-01
2019-10-15
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