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Q: How do I look up a word if I don't know how to spell it?

A: Make your best guess, using the smallest number of letters possible. This both speeds up the search and increases your chances of finding a match. The search engine looks for an exact match to the string of characters you enter. It will not find misspellings or approximations of terms which are in the database, such as:
koksaki for coxsackie
averascular for avascular
vaignal for vaginal
distaticokenesia for dysdiadochokinesia

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Q: How would I get just the list of new words added in the daily update?

A: Sorry, the new words are not available separately. We spend a significant amount of time researching terminology, which includes not only adding new words, but refining definitions and in some cases removing entries from the list. The value of the database is its interactivity with itself.

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Q: What's up with the ever-changing word count?

A: The database changes every day and different programs count words differently. Medical transcriptionists know there are many methods of counting lines! Just for curiosity, I counted up the words in the database on February 10, 2012 with two programs and two browsers, and got the following results:

Translator's Abacus word counting software 432,967
Edit Plus plain text editor 484,207
Firefox 10 browser 306,860
Internet Explorer 8 browser 306,860

I'm not about to count every word in the database by hand. I'll just tell you it usually grows by 100+ words each day and leave it at that.

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Q: I tried to search just now and the site is telling me there are only a few thousand words in the database!

A: This happens for a minute or two every day while the site is being updated. Just refresh the screen and everything will be there.

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Q: I'm getting too much information. I searched for the word "catheter" and got more than 400 results!

A: This isn't a bug, it's a feature ;-). You could take advantage of this to list all the catheters in our database, or all the drugs in our database whose names end in -lide (enter "drugs" in the first box, "lide" in the second), or every syndrome we know about. The possibilities are endless!

Here is a tip for subscribers: Let's say you're planning a vacation in France, and you want to be prepared to shop for medications while you're there. Run a search on "available" or just "avail" AND "France". You'll get a printable list of every French drug MeDiCaLeSe knows about. Run it a second time and search for "avail" AND "Europe" as some drugs are approved for all European Union countries.

When you search for a text string, include only the letters that you know are in the string.

Did you know you can exclude one word from the search results? Well, you do now ;-)

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Q: I got no results looking for "Klonopin" (or another favorite word here) and I'm absolutely certain there is a drug by that name.

A: Yes, but Klonopin has been out for a number of years, so we didn't include it. This is a database of terms that are new or otherwise confusing or difficult to find.

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Q: How do I know I can trust the information I find here?

A: Nothing goes into the database until we have checked it thoroughly with at least two independent sources. If you find an error, please so that we may correct it.

We never sell, rent, or give out the email addresses of people who correspond with us. We hate spam as much as you do.

Although MeDiCaLeSe is intended to serve the medical transcription community, anyone who may benefit from the information here is welcome to make use of it. As always, use caution on the internet, and consult your physician if you have a medical problem!

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Q: How do you know all this?

A: We are medical transcriptionists with many years of experience transcribing all medical specialties. We are confronted with new words every single day, and we must verify the proper spelling and usage of all of these words. We made this website to help us save time and do our jobs better.

The purpose of this website is to help medical transcriptionists find words quickly. We do not advocate following, or avoiding, any particular medication, course of treatment, surgical procedure, or medical specialty. We do not give medical advice. If you have a medical problem, please consult your physician.

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Q: "Medicalese"? Isn't that a derisive term?

A: Well, yeah. But anyone in healthcare knows medical jargon is here to stay, and, as transcriptionists, we need to be proficient in it.

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Q: How, and more importantly why, would I subscribe to this website?

A: In the past, purchasers of our books automatically received one year of unrestricted access to our database. We are no longer publishing books of our database, because the printing method utilized is limited to 828 pages, and as of February 2010, a book would have been well over 1,100 pages long.

In response to requests from our visitors, we are now offering individual yearly subscriptions to the website. The subscribers' search results pages do not contain advertising, and the search results are printable. You will receive the subscribers' url, giving you unrestricted access to the database for one year. All subscriptions expire on the last day of the month.

No trial subscription is offered, as everyone is welcome to consult our database up to five times a day without a subscription. is updated seven days a week, except in very unusual circumstances, with five or more terms, and is frequently updated with clarifications to older entries. We have been online since July 11, 2001, and are fully accredited by .

Website subscriptions are available for $14 per year by PayPal.

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The php search engine could never have been made without , the greatest programmers' text editor in the world, and David Sklar and Adam Trachtenberg's fabulous available at

Some of the code on this site was downloaded from .

The typing test is by Schubert_94_2000, with slight modifications.

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This site is supported by a combination of website subscriptions and limited advertising in partnership with Powell's Bookstore and Google AdSense.

We are an affiliate partner of Powell's Bookstore, of Portland, Oregon, and we receive a commission on sales made through linking with This helps us to defray the costs of maintaining and developing the site.

Our editorial content is not influenced by the funding sources. Our website hosts Google sponsored ads and links. We do not control the Google ads' content.

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In the past, Google served advertising relevant to the content of a website. Since March 2009, Google AdSense ads are based on what the visitor is interested in, based upon past browsing history.

I have decided to permit interest-based advertising on this website, at least for the time being.

This website does not collect medical information from visitors. There is not now, and never has been, any personally identifiable medical information on this website. We endeavor to honor or exceed all United States legal requirements for medical and health information privacy.

Other types of information: When someone takes out a subscription, we need a name, email address, and payment. If someone asks a question, an email address is all we need.

We constantly update a list for our own records of every word search performed, so we can identify trends and monitor the website's accuracy and performance. The search data cannot be used to identify the person conducting the search.

For registered users (subscribers): You have been given the url to a search page for registered users only. If you do not have it, please contact the webmaster.

For guest users: Since February 1, 2006, guest users are limited to five (5) searches per day. This requires the use of a cookie on the search results page only.

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This page updated May 18, 2015.

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