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Andrew Moore

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date: 05 May 2021

We use an awful lot of jargon in science and medicine. It is inevitable to keep sentences and paragraphs short, but using a plethora of technical terms can lock newcomers out of the magic circle of initiated cognoscenti. The trouble is that resort to jargon can lead to other difficulties, mainly because people use the same jargon terms to describe different things; the result is confusion, a bit like the order, counterorder, disorder of the battlefield. As far as possible, key technical terms have been explained in the text. Some either have not been used, or perhaps we overlooked defining them. In any event, this glossary is intended as a place of sanctuary if all else fails....

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