Medical Translation – Butteflies in your stomach

The translator uses his brain to find the most appropriate terminology to be used in his translation projects. In addition, he needs to deal with several problems on a daily basis, some of them related to a titanic amount of work, short time and tight deadlines.

That is when his stomach barely clinging to life either by pain for overeating or for the emptiness due to the anxiety to perform the translation and meet the required deadline. That is when he feels butterflies flying and making a completely mess inside his belly.

Therefore, bringing the issue up, shall we know a little bit more about the medical terminologies related to the stomach/abdomen?


Abdomen Abdômen
Abdominal abscess Abscesso abdominal
Abdominal aorta Aorta abdominal
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) Aneurisma de aorta abdominal (AAA)

Aneurisma aórtico abdominal (AAA)

Abdominal ascites Ascite abdominal
Abdominal cramp Cólica abdominal
Abdominal distension / bloating Distensão abdominal
Abdominal fibromatosis Fibromatose abdominal
Abdominal hernia Hérnia abdominal
Abdominal hysterectomy Histerectomia abdominal
Abdominal muscles Músculos abdominais
Abdominal Pain Dor abdominal
Abdominal pain lower /

Lower abdominal pain

Dor abdominal baixa
Abdominal pain upper /

Upper abdominal pain

Dor abdominal alta
Abdominal surgery Cirurgia abdominal
Abdominal TC scan Tomografia computadorizada do abdômen
Abdominal tenderness Sensibilidade abdominal
Abdominal ultrasound Ultrassonografia abdominal
Abdominal wall Parede abdominal
Abdominoplasty Abdominoplastia
Adenocarcinoma Gastric Adenocarcinoma gástrico
Appendicitis Apendicite
Cellulitis of abdominal wall Celulite da parede abdominal
Constipation Obstipação
CT abdomen TC abdominal
Diarrhea Diarreia
Diverticulitis Diverticulite
Erythematous gastropathy Gastropatia eritematosa
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy Esofagogastroduodenoscopia
Free air at abdomen Ar livre no abdômen
Gastritis Gastrite
Gastroduodenitis Gastroduodenite
Gastroenteritis Gastroenterite
Gastroesophageal Gastroesofágico
Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma Adenocarcinoma de Junção Gastroesofágica
Gastrointestinal bleeding sangramento gastrintestinal
Gastrointestinal disorders Transtornos gastrointestinais
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage hemorragia gastrintestinal
Gastrointestinal perforation perfuração gastrintestinal
Gastrointestinal toxicity toxicidade gastrointestinal
Gastrointestinal tract Trato gastrintestinal 
Gastrointestinal ulcer úlcera gastrointestinal
Gastroparesis gastroparesia
Gastroscopy gastroscopia
Gastrostomy gastrostomia
In the left half of the abdomen Na porção / parte esquerda do abdômen
In the right half of the abdomen Na porção /parte direita do abdômen
Indigestion Indigestão
Intra-abdominal infection Infecção intra-abdominal
Left sided abdominal pain Dor abdominal do lado esquerdo
Ongoing abdominal pain Dor abdominal em andamento
Right sided abdominal pain Dor abdominal do lado direito
Stomach cancer Câncer do estômago
Tender abdomen Sensibilidade no abdômen
Tummy ache Dor abdominal
Vomiting Vômitos
Waist conference Circunferência abdominal

By Ligia Ribeiro

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