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Plain Language for Healthcare Professionals: Translate terms via search box

Links to resources to translate medical language into plain speaking

What is Plain Language?

Plain language is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. Language that is plain to one set of readers may not be plain to others. Written material is in plain language if your audience can:

  • Find what they need;
  • Understand what they find; and
  • Use what they find to meet their needs.


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Free Plain Language Medical Dictionaries

Free Medical Dictionaries