Anonymous commented, on my Jan 7 blog Possessive forms of eponymous neoplasms:
"Interesting post. As a pathologist, I must interject that I have never used the term "rubriform" and don't know of any pathologists in the US that use it either. Perhaps it is an old term from the literature? Many of the terms for skin diseases, used by both dermatologists and dermatopathologists, are famously baroque - I can imagine a "rubriform" in that arena somewhere..."
Anonymous is correct. Most pathologists would never use "rubriform."
To satisfy my own curiosity, I extracted all of the English "iform" words found in UMLS.
Here they are:
The UMLS seems to be missing a few that I have seen:
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