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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 12, 2018

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

This week’s words are from DOPESICK by Beth Macy.

1. iatrogenic – “Daily users were not socially stigmatized, because reliance on the drug was iatrogenic.”

Iatrogenic means relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment.  In the case of this book, it refers to people who became addicted to opioids after they were prescribed by a doctor.


2. titrate – “‘A few of them would stay on a stable dose once it was titrated properly, but more often than not it was causing problems’ both for the patients and for Huff.”

In medicine, titrate means to continuously measure and adjust the balance of a drug dosage.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2018 5:57 am

    Those are sure new to me

  2. December 12, 2018 7:12 am

    Words that might become familiar to many people. Sounds like a book everyone should read.

  3. December 12, 2018 7:25 am

    The word iatrogenic seems to apply all the time in the way medicine is practiced in the US! I’ve found it useful more than once.

    My Wordy Wednesday post is a long review of a book with two new words called out.

    best… mae at

  4. December 12, 2018 10:50 am

    I guess it pays to learn all we can about this stuff and addiction…so sad…so hard…

  5. December 12, 2018 11:22 am

    Very interesting words this week. Both make me sad as they remind md of the people caught in the opiod crisis.

  6. December 12, 2018 2:02 pm

    Both are new words to me. It’s sad when a drug becomes iatrogenic.

  7. December 12, 2018 8:08 pm

    Both new words to me. iatrogenic is definitely one I haven’t heard of but definitely have been hearing a lot about the problems with opidods being prescribed by doctors.

  8. December 12, 2018 9:27 pm

    No and no.

  9. December 13, 2018 7:32 am

    I’m very interested in Dopesick. I’m sure there will be lots of medical words and drug words in it that I don’t know.

  10. bookingmama permalink
    December 16, 2018 7:27 am

    I didn’t know either of those words, but I will admit that even those brief snippets make DOPESICK sound fascinating.

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