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A terminology is the set of all terms in a subject. It is part of the technical language , which also has other characteristic features, such as phraseology or grammar .

Terminology can, for example , be formulated in a dictionary , glossary or thesaurus . Today terminology is mostly managed digitally and in several languages, e.g. B. in terminological databases . This creates a controlled vocabulary that is an important basis for technical documentation and efficient translations . The necessary rules for creating a controlled and consistent terminology are stored in a so-called terminology guide.

A binding terminology of a subject is called nomenclature (e.g. nomenclature in biology or nomenclature in chemistry ).


DIN 2342 defines basic terms for terminology teaching and terminology work, it contains the terminology of terminology teaching. DIN 2336 defines how terminology is recorded in dictionaries and terminological databases.

Various DIN standards define the terminology of various specialist areas, e.g. B. DIN 199 for technical documentation, DIN 13902 for dentistry or DIN EN ISO 9999 for rehabilitation technology.

Selection of some terminologies

Known terminologies are about

See also


  • Reiner Arntz; Heribert Picht; Felix Mayer: Introduction to terminology work. 6th edition. Olms, Hildesheim / Zurich / New York 2009, ISBN 978-3-487-11553-5 .
  • Peter Dilg, Guido Jüttner: Pharmaceutical terminology. The technical language of the pharmacist. Frankfurt am Main 1972.
  • Michael Gal: Concept, definition, concept analysis. Basic terminology. In: ders., International Political History. Concept - Basics - Aspects. Norderstedt 2019, ISBN 978-3-7528-2338-7 , pp. 159-177.
  • Eugen Wüster : Introduction to general terminology and terminological lexicography. Ergon, Würzburg, ISBN 3-899-13401-X .

Web links

Wiktionary: Terminology  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations