Medical dictionary apps enable users to quickly find the meanings of specific medical terms, whether they have a background in medicine or not.
These apps are helpful for doctors and medical students, who use them to learn about medical terms and definitions and keep updated with diseases and treatments, as well as patients who want to find more information about particular diseases, signs, and treatments.
Here, we listed some of the most popular medical dictionary apps for Android and iOS devices.
Oxford Medical Dictionary App
One of the best known medical dictionaries is Oxford's. The mobile version contains over 12,000 terms complemented by over 140 illustrations and diagrams, covering all aspects of medical science, including techniques, drugs, general medical practice, treatment, and more, which are all regularly updated.
Over the years, the Oxford's dictionary has been expanded in many areas, with particular attention paid to pharmacology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, ethics, nephrology, and psychiatry.
The app features search with autocomplete, keyword lookup, and camera search that make browsing through the dictionary and finding terms quickly and easily.
Oxford's Medical Dictionary is available for iOS at the price of $9.99, while the Android version is available as a fully-functional 30-day trial before purchase.
Taber's Medical Dictionary App
Taber's dictionary is another popular app that is used by thousands of health professionals worldwide. It contains over 65,000 terms, 1,200 photos, 32,000 audio pronunciations, 100+ videos, and more than 600 Patient Care Statements.
Besides standard medical terms, Taber's dictionary also provides terms and definitions of nutrition and alternative therapy, medical abbreviations, measurement units, labs, immunization schedules, and more.
The app is available for free download on Android and iOS, however, it's just a preview that includes around 6,000 entries. Full access to Taber's dictionary features requires purchase for $39.99.
Merck Manual is not a just medical dictionary; it's beyond that. This useful medical reference available as a physical book and mobile app provides physicians and medical students with clear, practical explanations for thousands of conditions in all major medical and surgical specialties, including etiology, pathophysiology, and options for evaluation and treatment.
It contains information on thousands of disorders and diseases, accompanied by photos and illustrations, as well as a detailed drug reference.
The mobile app also contains guidelines explaining numerous outpatient procedures and physical examinations, with high-quality videos, interactive case simulations, and quizzes.
The best thing is that all content is available for free on both Android and iOS. Just keep in mind that once installed, the app would attempt to download the entire content of the Merck Manual, which requires time, patience, and Internet connection.
Stedman's Medical Dictionary App
First published in 1911, Stedman's Medical Dictionary is another favorite medical reference and dictionary, and the reliable resource for healthcare professionals of all specialties, which is also available as a mobile app.
The app features over 107,000 terms and definitions, reviewed by prominent medical consultants in the areas of endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, and rheumatology.
Similarly to Oxford's Medical Dictionary, Stedman's dictionary app also features search with autocomplete, keyword lookup, and camera search for easier use (the same developer made both apps).
Besides search tools, the app also includes learning tools to engage users and help them further enhance their vocabulary.
Again, just like Oxford's dictionary, Stedman's dictionary app also requires purchase on iOS for $54.99, while the Android version allows its users to first try the app during the free 30-day trial.
Farlex's Medical Dictionary App
Medical Dictionary by Farlex provides medical professionals with instant access to more than 180,000 medical terms, over 50,000 audio pronunciations, and more than 12,000 images from trusted and authoritative sources.
The app also includes 1,000 of medical abbreviations and acronyms and information on more than 4,000 over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
Farlex app basically compiles other medical dictionary and encyclopedia sources and includes entries on anatomy, physiology, diseases, drugs, treatments, tests and procedures, and more.
The app is available for free on Android and iPhone, and it features ads. To get rid of advertisements, users can purchase an ad-free version for $0.99.
Dorland's Medical Dictionary App
Dorland's Medical Dictionary app contains about 40,000 entries, as well as 350 illustrations to provide authoritative, concise definitions and audio pronunciations for a wide range of medical terms, covering various specialties, diseases, drugs, tests and procedures, and much more.
Since the app has been developed by the same team that created Oxford's and Steadman's medical dictionary apps, it has similar features and options, including those for advanced search, such as camera search and keyword lookup tool.
The app costs $19.99 on iOS, while Android users again have the option to try it for free before making the purchase.
And the last app in this list doesn't belong to the group of big-name medical dictionaries listed above.
mediLexicon app is rather a small, but useful collection of over 3400 medical terms which have been clearly explained and cross-referenced.
More complex terms in this dictionary include colored illustrations that provide a detailed explanation of each of these terms.
The interface of this dictionary is simple, allowing users to browse it by using the 'Alphabetical Index', or by using the Search feature to quickly find the term and more information about it.
The app is available for free on Android, while iOS users have to pay $0.99 to use it (not exactly sure why).