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Evolving terminology for emerging technologies
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Last revised December 17, 2014

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Sources used in compiling definitions include web only, print only and web/ print resources. Not everything is on the web. See also How to find other unfamiliar terms.   Journal links

Websites and Books
454 Glossary, Roche Diagnostics 1996-2011  PCR and sequencing

Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology, Harcourt, Inc. 110,000 plus terms Press-Dictionary-of-Science- and-Technology_158344.html

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Glossary of Terms, Acronyms and Abbreviations

AO-VNMR Glossary, Albin Otter, Chemistry Dept. Univ. of Alberta, Canada.  About 50 terms.

ATSDR Glossary, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, 2009

Bains, William, Biotechnology A-Z, Oxford University Press, 2003. About 400 entries/definitions.  To order:  

Bandolier EBM Evidence Based Medicine Glossary

Biochemical Society [UK] Glossary of terms, 100+ terms

Bioinformatics definitions CMGM, Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine, Stanford Univ. 2000. 1000 + definitions.

BioLINC Glossary, NHLBI 

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Personal Health Records Glossary,

Cambridge Scientific Abstracts,  Life Sciences Thesaurus   9,400 terms, 4th edition, 2007 dictionary, National Cancer Institute, NIH, US,  4,000 plus terms.

CDISC, Glossary Terms Version 7.0  [download]

CDISC, Acronym, Abbreviations and Initials, 2010 

CenterWatch Glossary, 1995 - 2007, 100+ definitions Glossary of Clinical Trials Terms, National Library of Medicine, 2005. 

Creighton], Thomas E., Encyclopedia of Molecular Biology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999. 4 volumes.

Cochran Collaborative Glossary  2010. 

Contract Pharma Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Terms, revised annually 500 plus terms 

CRISP Thesaurus, NIH, US See RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER)  

DDBJ/ EMBL/ GenBank Feature Table, Version 6.7, 2007, 100 + definition.

DOE, Human Genome Project Information, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Dictionary of Genetic Terms. 2007, 100+ definitions.  

Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary
, W. B. Saunders Co.

Ensembl Glossary 

Encyclopedia of Analytical Instrumentation, Brian Tissue, Chemistry Hypermedia Project, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, US, 1995- 2003.

Evidence Based Medicine Glossary, Mt. Sinai Hospital, 30+ terms, US, 2004

FAO Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture: Revised and augmented edition, Food and Agricultural Organization, 2001   Searchable database, 2,000 plus terms  
Not just for food or agriculture.

FDA, CDER, Glossary Drugs@FDA,  20012, 40+ definitions. Glossary, Independent Institute, 2003, about 60 terms 

Folding@home glossary, Stanford Univ. Tug Sezen, VIjay Pande, 2002, 200+ definitions 

FOLDOC Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, Denis Howe, 2007. 14,400+ terms.   Part of

Glick, David M., Glossary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2007

GO Term definitions, Gene Ontology Consortium TM , Version 3.524, 2007, 12,000+ 

Harper, Douglas, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001 

Holmgren Lab, Life Science Glossary, Northwestern Univ. 2004 Extensive collection of developmental biology, genetic, cell biology, molecular biology, molecular genetic, and biochemistry definitions.

Howe, Walt, Glossary of Internet Terms,  2007

Human Genome Variation Society, Nomenclature 2013 

Inmon, Bill, Glossary of Data Warehousing, 2002-2005 

Insight Pharma Reports 

Intel, Silicon Photonics Glossary, 2010 

International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation, SNOMED CT® IHTSDO Glossary - (DRAFT VERSION) July 2013 International Release

International Society for Stem Cell Research, Glossary, 

IRB Institutional Review Board Glossary, Office for Human Research Protection, US Dept. Health & Human Services, 2001. 150+ definitions. 

IUPAC  International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary of Terms used in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Recommendations, 1997. 450+ definitions.

IUPAC, Terminology for biorelated polymers and applications, 2012 

IUPAC  International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary for Chemists of terms used in biotechnology. Recommendations, Pure & Applied Chemistry 64 (1): 143-168, 1992. 200 + definitions.

IUPAC  International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Nomenclature for chromatography, L.S. Ettre, editor, Pure and Applied Chemistry 65: 819-872, 1993.  450+ definitions. 

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary of Terms Used in Combinatorial Chemistry, D. Maclean, J. J. Baldwin, V.T. Ivanov, Y. Kato, A. Shaw, P. Schneider, and E. M.. Gordon, Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 71, No. 12, pp. 2349-2365, 1999. 100+ definitions.

IUPAC  International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Compendium of Chemical Terminology: Recommendations, compiled by Alan D. McNaught and Andrew Wilkinson, Blackwell Science, 1997. "Gold Book" 6500+ definitions.   Does not include Glossary of Bioinorganic Chemistry (1997) or Glossary of Medicinal Chemistry (1998). 

IUPAC  International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary of Terms used in Computational Drug Design, H. van de Waterbeemd, R.E. Carter, G. Grassy, H. Kubinyi, Y. C.. Martin, M.S. Tute, P. Willett, 1997. 125+ definitions.

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Definitions of terms relating to mass spectrometry (IUPAC Recommendations 2013)

IUPAC Recommendations for nomenclature and symbolism for Mass Spectroscopy, Pure and Applied Chemistry 63:1541-1563, 1991. About 275 definitions.

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary of terms used in medicinal chemistry. Part II (IUPAC Recommendations 2013)

IUPAC  International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary of terms in Biomolecular Screening 2011

IUPAC  International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary of Terms used in Photochemistry, 3rd ed. 2006

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary of Terms used in Physical Organic Chemistry, Recommendations 1994. 700+ definitions.

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Glossary of Terms in Quantities and Units in Clinical Chemistry, Biochim Clin 1995; 19: 471-502. Around 300 definitions  Pure & Applied Chemistry 68: 957- 1000, 1996

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Basic Terminology of Stereochemistry Recommendations, 1996. 250+ definitions.

IUPAC, Glossary of bioanalytical nomenclature - Part 1: General terminology, body fluids, enzymology, immunology Recommendations 1994 

IUPAC, Glossary for toxicokinetics of chemicals, 365 terms.  Published Pure & Applied Chemistry 76 (5): 1033-1082, 2004

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, CHEMISTRY AND HUMAN HEALTH DIVISION, IUPAC GLOSSARY OF TERMS USED IN TOXICOLOGY, 2nd EDITION - IUPAC RECOMMENDATIONS 2007 Published in Pure Appl. Chem., Vol. 79, No. 7, pp. 1153-1344, 2007

IUPAC, Glossary of terms used in theoretical organic chemistry, 1999

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Nomenclature in laboratory robotics and automation, 1994 

IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Postgenomic Chemistry  Pure and Applied Chemistry 77 (9) , 1641 - 1654, 2005

IUPAC, International Federation of Clinical Chemistry, Committee on Molecular Biology Techniques in Clinical chemistry, Committee on Nomenclature, Properties and Units, Properties and units in Clinical Molecular Biology, 2004 Pure and Applied Chemistry 76 (9): 1799-1
IUPAC Provisional glossary Biomolecular Screening  2008

Jackson Lab, Mouse Genome Informatics Glossary

King, Robert C. and William D. Stansfield, Dictionary of Genetics, Oxford University Press, 6th edition,  2002.  6600+  definitions in 5th ed..  To order: 

Lackie, JM and JAT Dow, Dictionary of Cell & Molecular Biology, Academic Press, 3rd ed., 1999. 7,000+ definitions.   

Lewin, Benjamin Genes IX  2011, Extensive glossary 800 + definitions  

Life Science Dictionary, University of Texas Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2006, Indiana Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology 1995-1998. 8,300+ definitions.   not available since 2007?  

Lyons Robert H., A Molecular Biology Glossary: A Quick and Dirty Reference to Terms Used in Molecular Biology, Univ. of Michigan DNA sequencing core, 2001. 150 + definitions.

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, Sybil Parker, editor 2000. 105,000 terms. 

MeSH Medical Subject Headings, (PubMed Browser) National Library of Medicine, Revised annually.  250,000 entry terms, 19,000 main headings. 

MeSH bibliography, 2005 Dictionaries, handbooks, textbooks, websites

MeSH Topical Subheadings with Scope Notes, National Library of Medicine, 80 + definitions

MGED, MIAME Glossary, 2005 about 80 terms 

Molecular systematics and evolution, The Natural History Museum, London  and  Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, FIOCRUZ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2001, 100 + terms.  

Mouse Genome Informatics Glossary, Jackson Lab, US,  250+ definitions. 2006  

NIH NCBI National Center for Biotechnology Information, Glossary, 1996. 13 definitions.

NIH NCBI Bioinformatics glossary, National Center for Biotechnology Information, 2004. 40 terms

NIH NCRR National Center for Research Resources "Integrated Genomics Technologies Workshop Report" Jan 1999 

NIH National Library of Medicine,  Genetics Home Reference glossary, 2007 

NIH NHGRI (National Human Genome Research Institute), Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms, 100+ definitions. Includes extended audio definitions.

NIH NHLBI Clinical Research Guide, National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute, 

NIH NIGMS National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Chemistry of Health  

NIH, Office of Extramural Research, Grants and Funding Glossary & Acronyms 2013   Acronym list, 2013

NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology, Dictionary of Algorithms, Data Structures and Problems, Paul E. Black, 2007,  1300+  terms

OED Oxford English Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 1989 plus supplements 1993-1997. 3rd edition:

Online Medical Dictionary, MondoFacto 2008-2010 

OneLook Dictionaries, Bob Ware  Index to 900+ online dictionaries.

ORD Office of Rare Diseases, NIH, Rare Diseases Terms, 2003,  300 + definitions

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oxford University Press, 2nd ed. 2006, Over 17,000 main entries. To order 

Pelikan, Edward, Glossary of terms and symbols used in pharmacology, Boston University Medical School, US, 1998 - 2004, about 300 definitions. 

Photonics Dictionary, Laurin Publishing Co. Inc. 1996-2006, 6.000+  definitions.  

PhyloCode Glossary, Ohio Univ. US, 2000 - 2006.  42 definitions.

RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER)  NIH, Replaces CRISP

Schneider, Tom and Karen Lewis, Glossary for Molecular Information Theory and the Delila System, Lab of Computational and Experimental Biology, NCI Frederick, US, 1999 - 2007. 100+ definitions.

SGD Saccharomyces Genome Database Glossary Terms, Stanford Univ., US,  About 150 definitions. 

Schlindwein Birgid, Hypermedia Glossary of Genetic Terms, 2006. 670 definitions.

Science glossaries Science "Functional Genomics Resources": Educational resources: A guide to some useful online glossaries  Categories cover genetics and genomics, general biology and molecular biology, post-genomics biotech and bioinformatics, medical genomics and specific organisms. Includes Genomic glossaries.

Statsoft, Inc. Statistics glossary, Electronic Statistics Textbook, Tulsa OK, US 2004, 1200 + terms  Click on Statistical Glossary

SWISS PROT Keywords SEE UniPROT Knowledge Base Keywords

Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, Glossary of Terms, 2014, 150+ terms

UCMP Glossary of Natural History Terms: Vol. 1, Phylogenetics terms, Univ. of California, Berkeley [US] Museum of Paleontology, 2001, 40+ terms.

UMLS National Library of Medicine, (US) Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), 2001. About 800,000 concepts and 1.9 million concept names in over 60 different biomedical source vocabularies.   

UNI-PROT KnowledgeBase keywords   Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, Geneva Switzerland, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK, PIR Protein Information Resource, 2011

W3C Glossary and Dictionary  

Wagner John A. Dictionary for logic and experimental design, 2000. 200+ definitions.  Part of Wagner's Logic of Molecular Approaches to Experimental Design  

W3C Glossary and Dictionary, W3C, 2000- 2003

WC3, Web Services Glossary, 2004   accessed June 26, 2007

Web search glossary, Google 60 definitions

Webopedia, 2007 Information Technology encyclopedia. about 4700 + definitions.   Part of [Onelook] 

Wikipedia  Not always definitive, but a good starting point for overviews on many topics. 

WordSpy, Paul McFedries, updated daily, 1995-2007  

World Wide Words: investigating international English from a British viewpoint, Michael Quinion. 1996 - 2007, 1000 + definitions.   Part of OneLook  

WWW Acronym & Abbreviation Server, Peter Flynn, University College, Cork, Ireland, 2001, 18,000+ definitions 

XenoTech LLC, Glossary 

Zhang, Yong-he and Meng Zhang, A Dictionary of Gene Technology Terms, Parthenon Publishing Group, 2001, 3,000 + definitions 

Alpha glossary index

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