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A mixture of technical terms and slang used by members of a profession or trade that is intelligible to those in the field but partly or wholly incomprehensible to others. Anthony Murphy, quoted in the Preface to the Dictionary of Epidemiology, described it as “obscure and/or pretentious language, circumlocutions, invented meanings, and pomposity delighted in for its own sake.” The jargon of psychiatry and related fields is called “psychobabble.” Some jargon words and phrases ultimately enter standard dictionaries, but in the interests of clarity and comprehension, it is preferable when possible to avoid using jargon.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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