Synonyms, located below references when in edit mode, are used in a number of scenarios.
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What is a synonym
A synonym is essentially a 'redirect' to an article. This enables links created to article A to pass to article B, provided article B has an added synonym "article A".
Having extensive synonyms, not only increases the ease of link creation, but also reduces the risk of duplicate articles being written.
Alternative spellings / plurals
Many terms have a number of spellings, most often differing between UK and US English.
- haemorrhage and hemorrhage
- tumour and tumor
Similarly plurals aid in easy link creation
- meningioma and meningiomas
Rearranged longer titles and acronyms
Some titles are long and can be rearranged.
- TCC of the bladder
- Bladder TCC
- Transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder
- Bladder transitional cell carcinoma
More specific future articles
In some instances you may have written a general article for a condition that will eventually require multiple articles. This is most often the case with systemic disease. In such cases it is useful to add as synonyms what you think future articles will be. This way appropriate links can be created.
For example an initial article on sarcoidosis may be given the additional synonyms:
- pulmonary manifestations of sarcoidosis
- gastrointestinal manifestations of sarcoidosis