Jargon allows people in a certain field to speak succinctly, clearly and accurately to each other. Problems emerge when those who use jargon very often, have to explain what they’re doing to someone who is not part of their field. The medical profession is renowned for its jargon. Jargon has the advantage of talking to one another quickly and efficiently.
Slang should be distinguished from jargon, which is the technical vocabulary of a particular profession. Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speaker’s dialect or language.
Examples of medical slang, all found on slangRN.com
Medical students’ syndrome
Medical students’ syndrome is a temporary, hypochondria-like mental condition that strikes medical students, causing them to believe that they are suffering from the diseases that they’re studying. By some reports, up to 80% of medical students experience it at some point as a result of studying such frightening diseases in such a highly suggestible environment.
Dirt Bag Index. One interpretation of the formula is as follows: DBI = number of tattoos divided by number of missing teeth, multiplied by number of “tracks” added to estimated days without a bath!
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