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first assume it’s horses, not zebras.

07:45 Feb 24, 2020
English to Arabic translations [PRO]
Medical - Medical (general) / political
English term or phrase: first assume it’s horses, not zebras.
But in medical school, they teach you: If you hear footsteps behind you, first assume it’s horses, not zebras. That is: try the obvious diagnosis first.
Muneer Alobaid
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 22:23


Summary of answers provided
5افترض المرض الاقل خطورة
Youssef Chabat
4افترض الامر الاقل ضررا (خطررة)
ِAdel Almergawy
4توقع الأمراض الأقل خطورة أولا
Marwa Seleem
3 +1استخدام المنطق الشائع عند التشخيص أولاً
Yosra Montasser


  

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If you hear footsteps behind you, first assume it’s horses, not zebras.
استخدام المنطق الشائع عند التشخيص أولاً


Explanation:
There is an old medical proverb that goes: “When you hear hoof beats in the hallway, think horses, not zebras.” The proverb means that we should use common sense and look for the expected cause first, rather than searching out something more exotic.06‏/02‏/2014


Yosra Montasser
Egypt
Local time: 21:23
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 16

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  sjaatoul: From what I got, think of the common disease than the rare one. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebra_(medicine)
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if you hear footsteps behind you, first assume it’s horses, not zebras.
توقع الأمراض الأقل خطورة أولا


Explanation:
check this
https://datasmart.ash.harvard.edu/news/article/when-you-hear...

Marwa Seleem
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 22:23
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic
PRO pts in category: 24
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If you hear footsteps behind you, first assume it’s horses, not zebras.
افترض الامر الاقل ضررا (خطررة)


Explanation:
توقع الامر الاقل ضررا

Example sentence(s):
  • افترض الامر الايسر
ِAdel Almergawy
Egypt
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic
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17 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
افترض المرض الاقل خطورة


Explanation:
because horses would jump so as not to hurt you, whereas Zebras would run you down.

Youssef Chabat
Morocco
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in ArabicArabic, Native in FrenchFrench
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