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Vocabulary Control 

Medical Indexes

Bruce McGregor

and Harriet S. Meyer

An entity may be referred to by different names throughout a text. Such variation is common in multiauthor works. Cross-references, double-postings, and parenthetical synonyms help the reader know that the entity sought in the index is the same entity discussed under various names. Authors and editors should use vocabulary consistently and note synonyms in the text. The indexer should consult the book author or editor and the publisher’s book editor for clarification. The following example is adapted from Thomas: auditory nerve. See cranial nerve VIII cranial nerves, VIII (auditory, vestibulocochlear), 781t, 782, 782t, 783t, 1870t eighth nerve. See cranial nerves,

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