acinic, actinic anisakiasis, anisokaryosis Apert syndrome, Alport syndrome (Apert syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by early fusion of skull bones. Alport syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by kidney disease, hearing loss, and eye abnormalities.) aptotic, apoptotic arboreal, aboriginal arteritis, arthritis aural, oral auxilliary, axillary brachial, brachium, branchial callous, callus Carney triad, Carney complex (Carney Triad is gastric leiomyosarcoma, pulmonary chondroma extraadrenal paraganglioma, occurring mainly in young women. Carney complex is myxoma, spotty pigmentation, and endocrinopathy. Both Carney triad and Carney complex are technically Carney syndromes. causality, casualty chlorpropamide, chlorpromazine chondroid, chordoid chondroma, chordoma chorionic, chronic cingula, singular coitus, colitis colic, colonic colitis, coitus costal, coastal cryptogam, cryptogram cygnet, signet decease, disease deceased, desist digitate, digitize dioecious, deciduous diploic, diploid disc, disk disease, decease diseased, deceased disseminated sclerosis, systemic sclerosis (the first is multiple sclerosis, and the second is scleroderma) dyskaryosis, dyskeratosis dysphasia, dysphagia ectatic, ecstatic endochondral, enchondral (these are synonyms) engram, n-gram, ngram epistasis, epistaxis, epitaxis (the last is a misspelling of the second) exxon, exon facial, fascial facies, faeces falx, false fetal, fatal fibrinous, fibrous fibrosis, fibrositis firearm, forearm foreword, forward fossa, phossy hallux, helicis helicis, hallux herpetic, herpangina hydatid, hydatidiform hypochondrium, hypochondria ileitis, iliitis ileum, ilium insular, insulin intercostal, intercoastal intubation, incubation isotope, isotrope kerasin, kerosene, keratin keratotic, keratinic, ketotic keratinocytic, keratinolytic keratosis, ketosis lipoma, lymphoma lumbar, lumber malleolus, malleus meniere disease, menetrier disease (former is an inner ear disorder, latter is a hypertrophic gastropathy) metachronous, metacrinus milia, milium miotic, mitotic, meiotic mitogenic, mitogenomic mitosis, meiosis, myosis, myiasis monogenic, monogenetic, and Monogenetic (last, related to class Monogenea) mucous, mucus myelofibrosis, myofibrosis myelogenous, myelopathy (the former refers to blood forming cells, the latter to spinal cord disease) myelopathy, myotilinopathy (the former is spinal cord disease, the latter a type of myofibrillar myopathy) myofibroma, myelofibroma neuroplastic, neoplastic nucleus, nucleolus oncocyte, onychocyte oncology, ontology, ontogeny organic, organoid ornithine, ornithurine otic, optic palatal, palatial paleodontology, paleontology palette, palate palpation, palpitation panacea, placebo (one cures all, the other cures none) parasite, pericyte parental, parenteral pathogen, parthenogen pathogenesis, parthenogenesis pathogenic, pathogenetic (these two are synonyms) pediculated, pedunculated penal, penile, pineal, panel penicillamine, penicillin perineal, peroneal, perianal phyllodes, phylloides pigmentosa, pigmentosum (retinitis pigmentosa and xeroderma pigmentosum) pleiotropic, pleiotrophic, pleiotypic (the first two are synonyms) plural, pleural porphyria, porphyruria proptosis, ptosis prostrate, prostate protuberant, protruberant (the second term is simply a common misspelling) pyelonephritis, pyonephritis quinine, quinidine, quinone rachischisis, rachitis, rachischitic, rachitic radial, radical relics, relicts reticle, reticule, radical rett syndrome, RET gene, rett syndrome, Tourette syndrome rosacea, rosea semantic, somatic serous, serious silicon, silicone singleton, singultus sinusitis, synositis somatic, semantic, semitic sonography, somnography, stenography taenia, tinea takoma, trachoma thecoma, thekeoma Tietze syndrome, Tietz syndrome (Tietze syndrome is chondropathia tuberosa or costochondral junction syndrome; Tietz syndrome is albinism-deafness syndrome, an autosomal dominant congenital disorder) torsion, distortion trachoma, trachea trichina, trachoma, trichura trichinosis, trichosis, trichuriasis trichrome, trichome trochlear, tracheal troglobite, troglodyte, trilobite tuberous sclerosis, tuberculosis tunicate, tourniquet, turbinate typhoid, typhus urethral, ureteral vagitis, vaginitis venous, venus viscous, viscusMedical transcriptionists and other healthcare professionals should be aware of the correct meaning of each alternate word in these listed pairs and groups.
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