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German/English Glossary of Causes of Death and other Archaic Medical Terms

Abgelebt

Decrepit. [Lang1932]

Example from a Mennonite church in Tragheimerweide, Prussia:

 

Ablagerung in Gehirn

Deposits in brain.

Example from an 1849 Church Record in Branna, Czech Republic:

 

Abmagerung

Emaciation, atrophy

Example from an 1843 Church Record in Münster, Switzerland:

 

Abnehmen

Amputate, weakening

 

Abschwachung

Weakening. [Lang 1914].

Example from an 1844 Church Record in Münster, Switzerland:

 

Abszeß

Abscess

 

Abtreibung

Abortion, expulsion

 

Abweichen

Maceration, Softening. [Lang 1914].

Example from an 1848 Church Record in Branna, Czech Republic:

 

Abzehrend

Wasting, consumptive. [Lang1932]

Example from a Mennonite church in Tragheimerweide, Prussia:

Abzehrend Krankheit

Wasting disease.

Example from a Mennonite church in Tragheimerweide, Prussia:

Abzehrung

A wasting away, consumption, marasmus.

Example from a Church Record in Mecklenburg, Germany:

Aderbruch

Ruptured blood vessel.

Example from a Church Record in Mecklenburg, Germany:

 

Aderlaß

Bleeding, venesection

 

Ader Verkalkung

Venous calcification

Example from a Church in New York:

 

Addison’sche Krankheit

Addison’s disease

 

Adipositas

Adiposity

 

Aftenbildung

Tumor

 

Alkoholkrankheit

Alcoholic disease

 

Allantiasis

Botulism

 

Allergie

Allergy

 

Allgemein Schwäche

General or constitutional weakness.

Example from a Church in New York:

 

Allgemeine Körperschwäche

General Bodily Weakness, Debility

Example from a Church in Münster, Switzerland:

 

Alter

Old age, senility.

Example from a Church Record in Mecklenburg, Germany:

Altersbrand

Senile gangrene

 

Altershalber

Decrepitude. Weakness of old age.

Example from a Mennonite church in Tragheimerweide, Prussia:

 

Altersmager

Senile emaciation.

Example from a Mennonite church in Tragheimerweide, Prussia:

 

Altersschwäche

Decrepitude. Weakness of old age.

Example from a Church Record in Mecklenburg, Germany:

Alzheimersche Krankheit

Alzheimer's disease

 

Amöbenruhr

Amebic dysentery

 

Analeinkontinenz

Anal incontinence

 

Anämie

Anemia; a deficiency of red blood cells.

 

Anasarka

Anasarca; an accumulation of serous fluid in various tissues and cavities of the body.

 

Anenzephalie

Anencephaly; congenital absence of most of the brain and spinal cord.

 

Anfall

Seizure, fit.

Example from a Church Record in Mecklenburg, Germany:

Angeboren

Congenital

 

Angstschweiß

Cold sweat

 

Angststörungen

Anxiety disorders

 

Angstzustand

State of anxiety

 

Anhaltendes Fieber

Persistent fever

 

Anschoppung

Congestion, Engorgement

 

Anschwellung

Tumor, hump

 

Ansteckende Krankheit

Contagious disease

 

Ansteckung

Contagion, infection

 

Antoninsfeuer

Antony's fire, an obsolete term for erysipelas, anthrax and gangrene from ergot. [Lang1913]

 

Anthrakosis

Anthracosis, Miner's pneumoconiosis

 

Aphthen

Aphtha; roundish pearl-colored specks or flakes in the mouth, on the lips, etc., terminating in white sloughs. They are commonly characteristic of thrush.

 

Apoplexie

Apoplexy; sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke.

Example from a Church Record in Mecklenburg, Germany:

Appendizitis

Appendicitis

 

Arthrose

Arthrosis

 

Asiatische Cholera

Asiatic Cholera in Germany. [Cruveilhier on Cholera, 1833]

 

Asthma

Asthma.

Example from a Church Record in Mecklenburg, Germany:

 

Ataxie

Ataxia; loss of the ability to coordinate muscular movement.

 

Atembeschwerden

Difficulty breathing

 

Atemnot

Dyspnea, breathlessness

 

Atrophia, Atrophie

Atrophy.

Example from an 1864 Church Record in Austria:

 

Aufblähung

Tympanites; a distention of the abdomen resulting from the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity.

 

Aufstoßen

Eructation, belch

 

Auftreibung

Tympanites; a distention of the abdomen resulting from the accumulation of gas or air in the intestine or peritoneal cavity.

 

Augenentzündung

Ophthalmitis

 

Ausfluß

Discharge

 

Außatz

Lepra

 

Ausschlag

Rash, exanthem.

Example from a Mennonite church in Tragheimerweide, Prussia:

 

Äußerer Schaden

External damage

 

Auswuchs

Excrescence, wart

 

Auswurf

Emission

 

Auszehrend

Wasting, consumptive.

Example from a Mennonite church in Tragheimerweide, Prussia:

Auszehrend Krankheit

Wasting disease

 

Auszehrung

Consumption, phthisis pulmonalis.

Example from a Church Record in Mecklenburg, Germany:

Autokrankheit

Carsickness