Is there a Medical Dictionary for OSX?

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  1. projectle macrumors 6502

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    I am a college student who has just started into the medical field, and I am wondering if there is a plugin for Dictionary or another application entirely that would allow me to have a Medical Dictionary on my computer?

    I do not really need something with definitions, I just need something that can handle my spell checking for my weekly papers that I need to hand in.

    I realize that this is probably not the best place to ask, but the people who I asked in my class including my instructor said that I am pretty much out of luck unless I just want to search each one through a website.

    What I would love is if there is something that would work with Pages, but I will live with Word if one exists.

    Thank you in advance.
     
  2. projectle thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yea, I saw those, however I was hoping for something a little on the cheaper side...

    On another note, is there a tool for creating custom dictionaries for Dictionary?

    I have tried to look for that one and found no results...
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Unfortunately, I don't believe there is.. At least not for the Dictionary.app.
    And at least not with XCode Tools or on the Apple Developer website.
     
  4. RedMacMan macrumors member

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    I've just started looking into doing the same thing, except customizing the Dictionary widget to create my own law dictionary. Both the Dictionary.app and Dictionary.widget reference the dictionary file located at

    /Library/Dictionaries/New Oxford American Dictionary.dict

    That file is a package which contains the following files:

    dict_body
    dictionary_1
    Images/
    Info.plist
    ovrd_body
    ovrd_index
    PkgInfo
    version.plist

    The dict_body file is an xml fragment, and appears to be all the words in the dictionary. It references a namespace "http://oup.dataformat.com/doc/OUP_DTD_Dictionary.html". The base dataformat.com hostname is a company which provides content management services, and lists Oxford Dictionary as one of their clients, so I am assuming the XML data format is proprietary. The file dictionary_1 is binary, so I'm not sure how that fits into the puzzle.

    It's too bad there's not any info about customization out there, because it would be a very handy thing to be able to do.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I bought the Miller-Keane desk encyclopedia, and it came with a CD with Microsoft Word spelling libraries, but..grrr... one, they're on a mini-CD.... :mad: And grrr #2, God knows what they're made for, but it isn't Office 04. :(
     
  6. cuddlestick macrumors newbie

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