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Antique and Obscure Words for Students in the History of Health and Medicine

The words we use reflect our society and come in and out of usage as our society changes. The words in these lists have largely faded out of current use but they fill the older publications.

X

X-ray
Discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Roentgen, a German professor of physics at the University of Wurzberg, Germany. He refused to name the new substance after himself. He said he preferred to call them x-rays because he did not understand their nature as yet and "x" represented a well-known algebraic symbol for the unknown. Other people did call them Roentgen rays.