Data: Facts, statistics, and the like. In medicine and the health sciences, people often speak of “the data” erroneously in the singular. “Data” is a plural noun and takes a plural verb, as in “the data are very convincing.” It comes from the Latin “datum”, meaning “a thing given.”
For the Romans
data were surely plural
but we fear that,
for lack of Latinists,
data now is often
- Date rape
Date rape: Rape of a woman by a man with whom she is acquainted. The rapist is usually the woman’s “date” (escort). Although there are many possible date rape scenarios, in a common one, the man tries to weaken the resistance of the female by exerting undue psychological pressure upon her or by plying her […]
- Date, expiration
Date, expiration: The date for a drug estimated for its shelf life with proper storage in sealed containers away from harmful and variable factors like heat and humidity. The expiration date of a medicine is based on data, called accelerated stability data, from testing by the manufacturer, that show the product will be good for […]
Daughter: 1. A female offspring. 2. A female adopted child. 3. A product of radioactive decay. 4. A cell resulting from cell division.
- Day sight
Day sight: Night blindness. Listed in medical dictionaries under “Nyctalopia” from the Greek “nyct’ (night) + “aloas” (obscure or blind) + “opsis” (vision), the condition involves impaired vision in dim light and in the dark (but normal sight in bright light), due to impaired function of specific vision cells (the “rods”) in the retina. Day […]
DBT: Dialectical behavioral therapy. Developed by Marsha Linehan for treatment of borderline personality disorder.