“Wise the accurate”
Ancient Greek motto
Not surprisingly, most medical terms are of ancient Greek origin. However, their etymology frequently is not widely known and neither is the first usage of the main words that are used in medical practice, which originated in ancient Greece. Consequently, these words are misused. The ancient Greek sophist Antisthenis1 claimed that “the examination of names is the beginning of science,” emphasizing that words as names (onomata in Greek) of things were directly connected with the objects they indicated and that they can lead us to their real origin and, consequently, to the beginnings of science.