Common medical misspellings

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

It is important that we avoid misspellings on Radiopaedia to ensure that the site is easy to read and trusted.  There are a number of radiology/medical words we find are commonly misspelt, even by native English speakers:

  • radiopaque
    • this is commonly misspelt radio-opaque, but if you say the word out loud, it is clear that phonetically this is the correct spelling
  • -penia (suffix)
    • thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, neutropenia, etc., are the correct spellings
    • spelling any of these words with "-paenia" instead of "penia" is incorrect; these are not British variants
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rID: 69125
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • -penia vs -paenia
  • Orthographic errors
  • Spelling mistakes
  • Spelling errors
  • Misspellings

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