Medical terms

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I am translating a document that contains information about medical costs and medicines. I ran across the phrase "Los medicamentos como pediculicidas o vitaminas..." I am not familiar with the term "pediculicidas." Could someone help me out? This document comes from Lima, Peru.

Thanks,

djb

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updated JUN 2, 2008
posted by Donnie-Bates

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I know I am too late, but medical terms are usually very easy to translate, as the words are often made up from plain Greek:

pediculus (Gk. phtheír) = piojo / lice, flea
-cida/-cide = matar / kill (as in genocide)

Modifying the endings with a bit of common sense is, most of the time, enough to guess even the correct spelling. Then you can google it to see if it exists.

updated JUN 2, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Sorry James. I misread the page. Thanks for your help. That was what I needed.

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posted by Donnie-Bates
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Thanks Gustavo. That definitively fits the context of the material I am translating.

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posted by Donnie-Bates
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Pediculicide: Medications used to treat lice and scabies infestations. Various pediculicides have different mechanisms of action. Some applications need to be repeated in 7-10 days because pediculicides do not always kill all nits.

updated JUN 2, 2008
posted by 00bacfba