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Thanks Edith. Also thanks Petra and monbuckland for the info. I decided to stick with the original DE term as you suggest, especially as the translation will be used in a German-speaking setting. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Petra, you're absolutely right, I am looking for an explanation of the term, as is clear from my original question. And I understood your answer to be in that vein too. Richard, I'm not sure about the usefulness of stating that someone else's suggestion is "wrong" without helping out by proposing an alternative, but there you go...