03 November 2009

10 cent words

Medicine is full of big words with very specific meanings. Here is a fun paragraph from today:

Internuclear ophthalmoplegia (INO) is indicative of a particular opthalmoparesis. It is a disorder of conjugate lateral gaze in which the affected eye shows impairment of adduction. When the partner eye is abducted, it diverges from the affected eye. This produces horizontal diplopia. During extreme abduction, compensatory nystagmus can be seen in the partner eye. Convergence is generally preserved.

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