Musculoskeletal colloquialisms: how did we come up with these names?

Radiographics. Jul-Aug 2004;24(4):1009-27. doi: 10.1148/rg.244045015.


Eponyms and colloquial terms are labels that provide two kinds of information: the pattern of a complex injury or pathologic problem and, in the case of an eponym, the name of an individual who has been closely identified with the pathologic problem. Such terms remind us that the medicine of today is not entirely the work of our contemporaries. The article illustrates many of the common colloquial terms applied to fractures and musculoskeletal injuries seen in everyday practice. Wherever possible, the illustrations and definitions are based on the original descriptions of the injuries.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / classification
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / classification
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / diagnostic imaging
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / classification
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Language
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases* / classification
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases* / diagnostic imaging
  • Musculoskeletal System / diagnostic imaging
  • Musculoskeletal System / injuries
  • Radiography
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Wounds and Injuries / classification
  • Wounds and Injuries / diagnostic imaging