-ize rightBMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7322.1173 (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1173
- Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist
In atrial fibrillation, assuming that you use digitalis, do you digitalise or digitalize? Well, contrary to common belief in Britain, the appropriate English spelling for such words is with -ize, rather than -ise.
Many such words originally derived from Greek verbs that ended in -ιζειν (-izein), a suffix that was added to a noun to create a verbal infinitive, either transitive (meaning “to make or conform to, or treat in the way of, the thing expressed by the …