Fillers Words

Nosocomial

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7167.1242 (Published 31 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1242
  1. Irvine Loudon, medical historian
  1. Wantage, Oxfordshire

    Nosocomial, as in nosocomial infections, seems to have been around for a long time, but I sense that its usage is increasing, possibly as a result of the problem of antibiotic resistance. When I first saw it some years ago, although I suspected a common origin with nosology (which the uninitiated quite reasonably assume to be the missing middle word from oto-laryngology) I …

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