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  1. OK.... I've heard different things... is either or neither correct?

    dilation/dilataion
    centimeter/sonameter

    Thanks for input
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  3. by   Gator,SN
    Good question. I've heard both too and thought that the person speaking had mis pornounced the words. I also hear orthopod, when talking about an orthopeadic surgeon.
    ??
    Gator
  4. by   dianah
    According to Webster's Ninth (unrelated to Beethoven's Ninth),
    to dilate is to distend,
    dilation is the act or action of dilating, and
    dilatation is the state of being expanded/distended.

    centimeter is spelled the same, only pronounced differently: sent - i - meter vs sont - a - meter (second has the French pronunciation of -ent ----- is that PC, these days???? )




    OK, DH (banjo player and used to work in Xray dept) has just nit-picked w/me, and enlightened me as to the SONOMETER, which has to do with measuring waves and oscillations (as in ultrasound or instrument strings) . . . do a google search for more. I insisted you weren't looking for this particular info, just for pronunciations --- but then again, working OB, I figured you may be interested in this tidbit also. Best ----- D
    Last edit by dianah on Aug 17, '03
  5. by   fourbirds4me
    OK, DH (banjo player and used to work in Xray dept) has just nit-picked w/me, and enlightened me as to the SONOMETER, which has to do with measuring waves and oscillations (as in ultrasound or instrument strings) . . . do a google search for more. I insisted you weren't looking for this particular info, just for pronunciations --- but then again, working OB, I figured you may be interested in this tidbit also. Best ----- D [/B]
    So technically if I measured a cervix which was dilated to 3 CENTIMENTERS via sonography the client would have cervical DILATATION (or dilation? ) of 3 sonometers????
    Last edit by fourbirds4me on Aug 17, '03
  6. by   dianah
    AAAAACCCCCKKKKKK!! Getting too technical for me!! (and I'm not an OB nurse) I just called a Radiologist friend about this. He said the sonometer is an old term, rarely used in Radiology or Imaging anymore. So I don't think you have to worry about it (unless any experienced OB colleagues do use this term routinely ). DH did find a recent link to an example of a sonometer: http://nld.unibel.by/e/298/stat9.htm
    Just FYI


    The rest I leave for the OB nurses!

    But Webster's stands, I believe, for the definitions!!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I really don't care.

    Where I work all these terminologies work fine. and everyone understands and is on the same page.
  8. by   skdauriaRNC
    agree with smiling blue..centimeter/sonometer same thing..
    she is dilated xyz
    her dilitation is xyz..it' the same and can be used however you like.
  9. by   fourbirds4me
    I basically understood the concept of them being the same... I was just wondering why one is preferred over the other and just trying to make conversation.
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    I always thought people said "sontameter" to sound sophisticated and it has always bugged me. It is centimeter.

    Just a little peeve . . .

    Just thought of another one . . . 21 years ago when I was pregnant with my eldest son, I took a childbirth class from a nurse who hated the term "cesarean section" as it sounded like you were cutting a woman up in sections, like butchering a cow or something. I've never used that term since then . . I always just say cesarean.

    Funny how words affect us.

    steph
  11. by   June55Baby
    stevielynn,
    I too have a problem with the term section (cesarean section). It makes my toes curl when I hear a nurse say, "We're gonna 'section' her!"

    I also have problem with the comment, "We're gonna pit her". Meaning of course give the lady pitocin.

    I never could decide if I'd rather be sectioned or pitted! HaHa
  12. by   fourbirds4me
    I agree with the "section" term... However, I think it's better than "we're going to CUT her" ewwww LOL
  13. by   OBNurseShelley
    HAHA< that's what I was going to say, I couldnt' care less about what was said, but if a patient or family member overhears you saying...."WE'RE CUTTING HER" i would think they would get a little freaked......Also has a side thought......we say a lot of things in ob that dont' really mean anything.....i tend to say to my patients....when the baby is off the monitor...."oh let me find your baby" i never really thought anything of this until i had a pt that didnt' speak very good english, and she really thought I coudlnt' find her baby, and she wanted to open her legs, we had a laugh about it, but really made me thinka bout some of the things we say in front of patients........
    The residents really bug me, they're so techniical and usually dont have much bedside manner, i had one tell a pt that we needed to "break her water because the pattern was bad and we could put a FSE on to watch the pattern better" SHE MIght as well have been speaking HEBREW to this english speaking pt, who had NO idea what she just said......ok im babbling,
  14. by   hyperbarickim
    Quote from fourbirds4me
    OK.... I've heard different things... is either or neither correct?

    dilation/dilataion
    centimeter/sonameter

    Thanks for input
    "Sonameter" is only used by the medical community.........mostly nurses. It makes nurses appear very unintelligent to the scientific community who all pronounce centimeter correctly. Whenever a nurse says "sonameter" to me, I tell them there is no such thing as a sonameter.

    Another one I hear is "on-a-cology" for oncology.

    How can nurses be so stupid?

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