Ich werde mir ein Wörterbuch, in dem man alle medizinischen Terminologien beherrschen kann, kaufen.

I would like to know if the word Terminologie is correct in this context. And there's another word that's also closer to the same word, yet its in German which is Fachsprache. Can I use them interchangeably or one is used differently from the other?

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    I suppose you meant Termini (medical terms, not medical terminologies).
    – Carsten S
    Jan 13, 2014 at 23:16
  • I always hear "medical terminology" more often than " medical term" Jan 13, 2014 at 23:24

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While Terminologie is technically correct in this context, I would use the term Fachbegriffe.

P.S. I'm not sure beherrschen is the right word for this sentence. You're not looking for a book where you can master all medical terminology; you're looking for a book in which you can look up all medical terminology.

I would write:

Ich werde mir ein Wörterbuch, in dem man alle medizinischen Fachbegriffe nachschlagen kann, kaufen.

  • Thanks! I saw "Fachbegriff" too but wasn't sure. Jan 13, 2014 at 23:13

Regarding the relation between Terminologie and Fachsprache, Wikipedia says: "Terminologie ist die Menge aller Fachausdrücke (Termini) eines Fachgebiets. Sie ist Teil der Fachsprache, die zusätzlich über andere charakteristische Merkmale, etwa Phraseologie oder Grammatik, verfügt."


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