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A Glossary of Archaic Medical Terms, Diseases and Causes of Death

The Genealogist's Resource for Interpreting Causes of Death.

This website is being moved to www.archaicmedicalterms.com All future updates will be made to the new site only.

Antiquus Morbus is a collection of archaic medical terms and their old and modern definitions.  The primary focus of this web site is to help decipher the Causes of Death found on Mortality Lists, Certificates of Death and Church Death Records from the 19th century and earlier. This web site will be updated often and as new information is received. My intention is to collect and record old medical terms in all European languages. The English and German lists are the most extensive to date.

Each term is only listed once. Check under the other headings if the term is not in the alphabetical lists. Also, try the Google search tool below.

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 Please send me an email with any unlisted words or phrases that you have come across. They will be added to the "undefined" page after review. All new terms will eventually be added to the alphabetical lists. Please include the language that the term is from.

I am happy to help transcribe and translate your hard to read Causes of Death. If possible, please include a scan of the record with your email. It is always more helpful to see the handwritten original when trying to figure out the difficult words.

* Please email to me your examples of causes of death so that I can paste them into the web site. I rely on your help to make this website accurate, thorough and interesting by including your input and feedback.

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These lists contain the results of years of research, deciphering thousands of Church Death Records, Mortality Lists and other sources. Then finding definitions for each Cause of Death in my collection of antique medical books and online reference web sites. I welcome all inquiries and more than welcome any additional terms or definitions that are not presently included.

I am especially interested in definitions from various time periods that may contrast the changing meaning of the term over time.

Recent Additions
and Updates:
 
Meningocele
Black Dog
Bealing
Axes
Noli me Tangere
Bouton Chancreux
Invalidism
Turgescence
Joint Evil
Estival
Overlaid
Morbus Coxæ
Coup de Soleil
Siberian Plague
Military Fever
Morve
Mort de Chien
Milk Reek
Tic Doloureux
Catarrhus
Whitlow
Fungus Hæmatodes
Visitation of God
Delirium e Potu
Watery Gripes
Tympany
Scald Head
Surfeit
King's Evil
Purples
Rising of Lights
Malignant Fever
Tissick
Yellow Jaundice
Rodent Ulcer
Pemphigus Vulgaris
Toxic Goitre
Pyorrhea Alveolaris
Psychosis
Asthenia
Gallon Distemper
Squill
Chorea Insaniens
Infantile Paralysis
Anencephalic
Myelomeningocele
Dermatitis Exfoliativa
Spanish Flu
Autumn Fever
Lymphadenoma
Imperforate Rectum
Arthritis Deformans
Slow Fever
Mucous Enteritis
Occlusion
Aura
Espundia
Gastroenterostomy
Insolation
Illuminating Gas