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Memphis (medicine)

Memphis (pronounced /ˈmɛmfɪs/) is a term used in the field of medicine to refer to a specific medical condition or phenomenon. The etymology of the term is derived from the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, which was renowned for its advanced medical practices.


Memphis in the medical context refers to a hypothetical disease model used for research and study in the field of epidemiology. It is often used as a reference point in the study of disease spread and control in densely populated urban areas.

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  • Epidemiology: The study and analysis of the distribution, patterns and determinants of health and disease conditions in defined populations.
  • Disease Model: A mathematical or statistical model used to understand the nature of a disease and predict its behavior in a population.
  • Urban Health: A field of public health dedicated to understanding health issues specific to urban areas and developing solutions for them.


The term is pronounced as /ˈmɛmfɪs/ with the stress on the first syllable.


The term 'Memphis' in this context is derived from the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis. The city was known for its advanced medical practices and served as a center for medical knowledge in the ancient world. The term was adopted in the medical field to denote a hypothetical disease model used for research and study.

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