This is the post in question. It's the first that I've seen a post of this kind since I've been active on Biology.SE, and I'm wondering: if the OP literally only asks for the meaning/origin of a medically related word (no example, no elaboration, nothing), is that still considered on-topic?

Wouldn't that kind of question be just as suited, if not better, in, perhaps, an English/Language/Literature site of SE?

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  • $\begingroup$ I think that should be off-topic since it really has nothing to do with biology. $\endgroup$ – canadianer Aug 16 '17 at 22:37
  • $\begingroup$ That was my initial thought too. And a few hours later, I'm still thinking the same. $\endgroup$ – user22020 Aug 16 '17 at 22:45
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    $\begingroup$ I've added the terminology tag. The question lacks prior research effort I suppose, so it could be closed on that term perhaps. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Aug 17 '17 at 7:48
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    $\begingroup$ Similar type of question, which however leads to some biological connections in the answer. $\endgroup$ – fileunderwater Aug 18 '17 at 7:02
  • $\begingroup$ @fileunderwater I find your linked post slightly different than what I'm putting under scrutiny. In the post you link to, the OP is asking for differences between the terms and how they're used. In the case of my provided post, the user is actually asking the etymology of the words, which is quite different. $\endgroup$ – user22020 Sep 30 '17 at 15:13

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