What is jargon?

You can think of jargon as a collection of words only specific groups of people can understand.

Jargon is also the enemy of plain English. It makes reading harder to understand, so your reader is likely to walk away. They’ll miss out on the message you were trying to tell them.

When it comes to medical writing, jargon includes words like hypertension and biopsy.

Hypertension is a medical term for high blood pressure. You can put these words in brackets straight after like this: hypertension (high blood pressure).

A biopsy is when your doctor takes a small sample from your body and sends it to the lab to have a look at it. This could be a little piece of your skin or from somewhere inside your body, depending on what they need to find out.

Jargon words need to be explained or not used at all. Otherwise, your reader will stop reading to go and look up what the jargon word means.

Well actually, they are more likely to click away and go off to another website which is jargon free and more reader friendly.

Have a read here for more jargon words to avoid:
What did my doctor say?
Plain medical language thesaurus
Health clinicians manual

Published by Virginia Chachati

I am a UK GPhC registered Pharmacist from London. I love to write easy to understand health and wellness content. My goal is to help empower people to better their own health.

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