Coactivity: Philology, Educology / Santalka: Filologija, Edukologija, Vol 19, No 2 (2011)

Anatomical Terms in J. Basanavičius’ Manuscript Anatomijos ir medicinos vardyno medžiaga

Nijolė Litevkienė


The historical evolution of anatomical terms dates to antiquity, to the writings of Hippocrates. The historical development of Lithuanian anatomical terminology goes back to the seventeenth century. Anatomical terminology, as a comprehensive system of the names of human body parts is being compiled gradually. The originator of Lithuanian medical terminology was J. Basanavičius. The research paper aims to analyze anatomical terms used in J. Basanavičius’ manuscript Anatomijos ir medicinos vardyno medžiaga (further BM) and to compare them with the terms in the Dictionary of Medical Terms ( Medicinos terminų žodynas 1980). The research focuses on the analysis of some aspects of differentiation and congruity of simple and multi-word anatomical terms of the manuscript and the dictionary. About 270 Lithuanian anatomical terms with Russian and Latin equivalents were collected by J. Basanavičius. The results show that the major part of the terms are different, the lesser part of the terms are identical.

Article in: English

Article published: 2011-12-19

Keyword(s): language of medicine; anatomical terms; Lithuanian anatomical terminology; originator of anatomical terminology

DOI: 10.3846/cpe.2011.16

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