A Conversation for Medical Jargon
Dangermouse Started conversation Apr 13, 2001
Is there any reason why Americans spell cardio- with a K rather than a C?
Jeremy (trying to find his way back to dinner) Posted Apr 13, 2001
Well, I don't know any particular reason. You might perhaps want to read the Entry about "Medical Jargon", found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/h2g2/guide/A455979 . It explains some of the medical phrases, like the word -kardia-, meaning heart.
It is a word of greek origin, and was spelt with a k, (greek: kappa). There was no such thing as a "c" in Greek. This might lead to the conclusion that the Americans with their "K" in EKG are right and the British with the "C" are wrong.
However, it's not necessarily true. The Romans, who were the cultural inheritors of the Greek (sorry, historians, I know this is a crude simplification) hardly ever used a "k". They had the letter "C" which replaced the Greek Kappa in all of the loan words.
It might also be interesting to know that the latin "C" was always pronounced as a "k", and not sometimes as a "k", sometimes as a "ts". So "Julius Caesar" would have sounded somehow similar to "Yuleeus Ka-eesar". Don't ask me how they found that out, lacking tapes or record of that era (These *would* be oldies ).
Hope this helps
Jeremy (trying to find his way back to dinner) Posted Apr 14, 2001
And, just by the way:
Your User Number is U150417: (1+5+0x4x1)x1x7=42
leo mckern [space for random exotic word juxtaposition generator] Posted Nov 23, 2003
the thing with EKG is for consistency American heart doctors should be kardiologists
in the days when I had to perform ECGs I would say to the patient "i'm just going to do ECT" and none of them ran off the bed screaming
Key: Complain about this post