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"They certainly give very strange names to diseases" what does it mean?

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Answer #1 | 23/12 2013 05:56
It means what it says. The person who said or wrote this thinks that the names of diseases sound very strange. And it's true, some do. But most are derived from Latin or Greek roots, and once you understand those roots, you can make a good guess at understanding the name of a disease you never heard of before. For example, "leuco-" is the Greek root for "white" and "haema-" is the root for "blood". So if someone has "leukaemia", they have too many white blood cells. If you think it doesn't make sense, give us the CONTEXT and maybe we can help more.
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Answer #2 | 23/12 2013 06:07
It means "disease names seem strange." The original is very straightforward, so if you think there is some special significance to it, you will have to give us more context.
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Answer #3 | 23/12 2013 06:12
It means what it says........
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Answer #4 | 23/12 2013 06:50
Medical terminology is often confusing. This is where knowing English and the suffixes, prefixes and root words comes in handy. If you can break down the word by these you can often get close to the meaning. The only time this does not work is if a certain condition is named after the person that discovered it. Then you need to know it outright.
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