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How to look for other unfamiliar pharmaceutical terms
Comments? Questions? Revisions? Mary Chitty
Last revised December 09, 2014


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But lots of terms aren't here yet. (Some never will be.) The following sources are particularly suggested. * Most generally useful for all types of subjects.  I may not list/have the newest editions. 

* Recommended Search Engine
I use Google (a lot)  more than any other search engines. Explore the Advanced Search features  and Search tools. 
See also  FAQ #2 for examples. . Are there others you've found helpful? 

The Glossary FAQ question #3  has information on using search engines to quantitate variant forms of a word of phrase.

Databases, free and for fee
Electronic databases are great for tracking down current use of terms and tracing how far back theyíve been used. With a very limited budget I use free PubMed  for the most part. But fee based database vendors such as Dialog  or Lexis/Nexis  can be cost effective and quick.

Additional recommendations for background information
 Lewin, Benjamin GENES 

Lodish, Harvey, Molecular Cell Biology 4e, WH Freeman & Co.,1999 and website.

Patient resources links to websites for general patient and disease related information.

This is a work in progress. I find new (at least to me) words and phrases nearly every day. Some would be familiar to a specialist. Others are newly coined. No single source Iíve found is comprehensive in this interdisciplinary area. And the web isnít always the best place to find a clear definition.  I particularly recommend the Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, King's Dictionary of Genetics and William Bain's Biotechnology from A to Z, and frequently consult my copies.  (And the Oxford English Dictionary (Second edition and supplements) is a surprisingly fruitful source as well.) A medical dictionary can also be quite helpful.  And is always worth trying.

But there are a number of terms which Iíd be hard-pressed to figure out without the web. Hence the Recommended Search Engines and Databases, free and for fee , as well as the above particularly helpful and extensive resources. 

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