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Year 2021 / Volume 113 / Number 3

Editorial

Looking for a new name for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in Spanish: esteatosis hepática metabólica (EHmet)

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Manuel Romero-Gómez, Javier Ampuero,

The name of a disease does not follow any defined protocol and the scientific community’s acceptance of several variants based on the customs of every location is usual. There are examples of prevalent entities with curious naming processes, such as diabetes mellitus. The first word, “diabetes”, comes from the Greek dia (through), be (to go), and tes (factor), while the second word, “mellitus”, comes from Latin melli (honey). As a consequence, diabetes mellitus literally means “the sweet factor that goes through…”, pertaining to an excessive and sweet diuresis. Thus, we could deduce that a definition representing exactly the pathophysiology of the particular disease is not required.

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