Dilation vs dilatation
Thread poster: Emily Scott

Emily Scott  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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French to English
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Oct 14

This is a debate that I always have with myself when translating medical texts and which I've never really gotten to the bottom of. I can't really find a definitive answer as to whether these words mean the same thing or if there is perhaps a slight difference in meaning. What is your general rule when using these terms? Is there a difference in meaning?

 

Liviu-Lee Roth
United States
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Romanian to English
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one explanation Oct 14

Dilatation is defined as a region of dilation, an area of abnormal enlargement, or the surgical enlargement of a region (noun describing the verb). Dilation is defined as the act of dilating (stretching out), the state of being dilated, and confusingly: dilatation. Both definitions cross-refer to one another.

 

Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
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German to English
Sometimes used interchangeably, unfortunately Oct 14

There are various medical articles on the topic, but unfortunately they are not freely accessible.
Below is a page that offers an opinion on the difference and gives a detailed explanation.
Dilation: passive process
Dilatation: active process

https://pediaa.com/difference-between-dilation-and-dilatation/

Doubtless many may dispute
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There are various medical articles on the topic, but unfortunately they are not freely accessible.
Below is a page that offers an opinion on the difference and gives a detailed explanation.
Dilation: passive process
Dilatation: active process

https://pediaa.com/difference-between-dilation-and-dilatation/

Doubtless many may dispute the categorization.
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