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UM’s Taubman Health Library Plain Medical Language app


THL’s Plain Medical Language app 

“The Taubman Health Sciences library has created a free iPhone app based on our award-winning Google widget that translates medical terms into everyday English.

Watch the app in action here.”

December 16, 2011 Posted by | Educational Resources (High School/Early College(, Health Education (General Public) | , , , | Leave a comment

U of M Widget Translates Medical Terms

From an October 1, 2010 Cornflower news item

The Plain Language Medical Dictionary Widget is a project of the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library (THL) as part of the Michigan Health Literacy Awareness Training Program (

A team at THL developed this Plain Language Medical Dictionary Widget that can be embedded on websites and blogs. This tool uses plain language definitions to common medical terms from a little-known PDF that was created by the US government but never widely utilized. The original source for these definitions can be found in the Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications, Draft 3, October 2007. National Center for Health Marketing, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, United States of America. #07-151(NE)/092607.

This dictionary widget makes plain language translations more available, accessible, and discoverable in support of health literacy initiatives and outreach. To browse dictionary terms, click on the drop down menu to select from a list of high-level medical terms. Once a word or phrase is selected, the plain language translation will appear in the box. Please visit ( to learn more about the tool and to get the code to add it to your own page.

October 6, 2010 Posted by | Health Education (General Public) | , | Leave a comment


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