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1 A notice, such as a pharmacist's instructions on a bottle of pills. In some jurisdictions this must state the generic or pharmacological name of the medication. In some countries, the label or a package insert must warn about adverse effects and emergency management of overdose.

2 In nosology and disease taxonomy, the diagnostic or “disease label” assigned to a condition.

3 In medical jargon, a “label” is the name of a disease or a diagnostic category that is, figuratively speaking, attached to a patient—a depersonalizing process that designates a person by a disease label: stroke, diabetic, bronchitic, epileptic, arthritic, and many more. All imply imperfection to some degree and many carry a stigma.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.


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