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Delaware (medical term)

Delaware (pronunciation: /ˈdɛləwɛər/) is a term used in the medical field, particularly in the context of genetic research and epidemiology. The term is derived from the name of the U.S. state of Delaware, where certain medical studies or conditions have been identified or researched.


The term "Delaware" in the medical context does not have a specific etymology as it is a place name. The name of the state itself is derived from the Delaware River, which was named in honor of Sir Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, an English nobleman and Virginia's first colonial governor.

Usage in Medical Context

In the medical field, "Delaware" is often used to refer to specific studies, conditions, or genetic traits that have been identified or are prevalent in the state of Delaware. For example, the Delaware Health Study is a significant longitudinal study conducted in the state.

Related Terms

  • Epidemiology: The branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases and other factors relating to health.
  • Genetics: The study of heredity and the variation of inherited characteristics.
  • Longitudinal Study: A research design that involves repeated observations of the same variables over short or long periods of time.

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