Using Latin in diagnoses: a guide for the perplexed

Owen M. Ewald

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Abstract

This article describes how diagnoses of new fungal species are composed by using correct Latin. It includes information on how to use the Latin forms correctly, especially how to make adjectives modify nouns, and how to handle differential diagnoses and chemical reactions. Finally, this article offers advice on style and on how to structure a diagnosis for clarity and concision.

Keywords

diagnosis; new species; Latin; nomenclature; adjectives; nouns; verbs; participles; adverbs



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2509/naf2009.004.002

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