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Folia Morphol (Warsz). 2019 Apr 26. doi: 10.5603/FM.a2019.0047. [Epub ahead of print]

Should Terminologia Anatomica be revised and extended? A critical literature review.

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Division of Anatomy, Department of Human Morphology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Wroclaw Medical University, 6a Chałubińskiego Street, 50-368 Wrocław, Poland. piotr.chmielewski@umed.wroc.pl.
2
Division of Anatomy, Department of Human Morphology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Wroclaw Medical University, 6a Chałubińskiego Street, 50-368 Wrocław, Poland.

Abstract

The first edition of the Terminologia Anatomica was published in 1998 by the Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology, whereas the second edition was issued in 2011 by the Federative International Programme on Anatomical Terminologies. Since then many attempts have been made to revise and extend the official terminology as several inconsistencies have been noted. Moreover, numerous crucial terms were either omitted or deliberately excluded from the official terminology, like sulcus popliteus and diaphragma urogenitale, respectively. Furthermore, several synonyms are to be discarded. Notwithstanding the criticism, the use of the current version of terminology is strongly recommended. Although the Terminologia Anatomica is open to future expansion and revision, every change should be made after a thorough discussion of the historical context and scientific legitimacy of a given term. The anatomical nomenclature must be as simple as possible but also precise and coherent. It is generally accepted that hasty innovation ought not to be endorsed. Therefore, there is a need to take a closer look at these new proposals as they have been presented in numerous dispersed papers. This article provides an overview of these issues and concentrates on selected revisions and extensions that are didactically and clinically useful, thereby summarising the salient aspects of these new and compelling proposals.

KEYWORDS:

Terminologia Anatomica; anatomical nomenclature; anatomical terminology; anatomy; clinical anatomy; gross anatomy; teaching

PMID:
31025702
DOI:
10.5603/FM.a2019.0047
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