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ημίθανη κατάσταση

English translation: half life

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Greek term or phrase:ημίθανη κατάσταση
English translation:half life
Entered by: Kyriacos Georghiou
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17:06 Feb 4, 2012
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Medical - Medical: Pharmaceuticals / Pharmacokinetic properties
Greek term or phrase: ημίθανη κατάσταση
This is from a Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) for a medicinal product to treat corns and calluses (which my client keeps referring to as "Callous Removal Liquid"!). Based on the location of the manufacturer etc, my guess is that this SPC was probably translated from English into Greek many years ago.

Under 'Pharmacokinetic properties" for one of the active ingredients, it says:

«Την αφαίρεση του salicylate ακολουθεί μία πρώτης τάξεως κινητικότητα με ημιθανή κατάσταση περίπου 4 ωρών εκτός των υψηλών συστηματικών δόσεων που καταλήγουν σε συγκέντρωση του μηχανισμού αφαίρεσης.»

Now, I'm pretty sure I know what it's trying to say and what it should say. However, could my learned colleagues please confirm for me what it actually says, and let me know if you think the Greek is correct (because, as things stand, my comments about this sentence are far longer than its translation!).
Dave Bindon
Local time: 23:34
half life
Probably similar to the half life of radioactive elements
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Kyriacos Georghiou
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half life

Probably similar to the half life of radioactive elements

Kyriacos Georghiou
Local time: 23:34
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Asker: Having researched the subject, I can confirm that the substance does indeed have a half-life of 4 hours. But is this really how 'half-life' should be expressed in Greek?

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agree  Anna Spanoudaki-Thurm: Yes! And *NO* this is not how 'half-life' should be expressed in Greek!
1 hr
  -> Thank you Anna. I agree with your "Yes" and "No" as well as that 'half-life' should not be expressed in Greek as "ημίθανη κατάσταση". It's an interesting philosophical point, however, whether something is "half-dead" when it is "half-alive" :)

agree  D. Harvatis
2 hrs
  -> Thank you D.
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