Hyperemesis gravidarum is from the Greek hyper, meaning excessive, and emesis, meaning vomiting…

One of the things I find most amusing about the medical profession is that once you’ve learned a bit of Greek and Latin it becomes not only transparent but even a bit pedestrian:

Etymology

Hyperemesis gravidarum is from the Greek hyper-, meaning excessive, and emesis, meaning vomiting, and the Latin gravidarum, the feminine genitive plural form of an adjective, here used as a noun, meaning “pregnant [woman]“. Therefore, hyperemesis gravidarum means “excessive vomiting of pregnant women”.

yep.

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  1. Dave Walker

    Indeedy…

    If you like this kind of thing, I think you might find “The Dorsal Horn Concerto” from the Amateur Transplants’ “Fitness to Practice” album entertaining :-).

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