An English–Chinese termbase of neological medical terms

a corpus-based project


  • Qingxiang Sun Fudan University
  • Xuhua Zhang Fudan University



Termbase, Neologism, Medical terms, Corpus, Dictionary


Rapid advances in medical sciences produce an enormous number of neologisms that are not promptly included in the dictionaries. Corpus technology and IT have furnished language researchers and lexicographers with more effective and efficient means than traditional manual efforts of extracting neologisms. Online dictionaries are gaining popularity against those in print. This paper reports a corpus-based project aimed to build an English–Chinese neological medical termbase. For this purpose, a corpus and an exclusion list have been prepared, the former containing the articles published in the top four comprehensive medical journals from 2010 to 2015 and the latter composed of entry items in a recently published bilingual medical dictionary, a general English lexicon, and all entry items in a name dictionary. Medical neologisms extracted from the corpus are being standardized and translated into Chinese, thus constituting the intended termbase. A search engine has been constructed and will be launched as the outlet of the termbase for the target users.


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How to Cite

Sun, Q., & Zhang, X. (2018). An English–Chinese termbase of neological medical terms: a corpus-based project. Lexicography, 4(1), 23–38.