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Plain Language Guidelines
Federal Plain Language Guidelines
A PDF document of the Federal Guidelines to help your users find what they need, understand what they fine, and use what they find to meet their needs.
General Plain Language Resources
CDC Plain Language Thesaurus
From the CDC's National Center for Health Marketing, this thesaurus offers plain language equivalents to medical terms, phrases, and references.
Everyday Words for Public Health Communication
A PDF of frequently used terms in public health materials and their common,
everyday alternatives in plain language sentences.
Just Plain Clear
Glossary of medical terms available in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Plain Language Medical Dictionary
A project from the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library. Dictionary allows you to look up high-level medical terms and find plain language alternatives.
Plain Language Word List
To help you avoid complex wording and medical jargon, this word substitution list provides simple alternatives to complicated words and phrases.
Simple Words and Phrases
A side-by-side list of obscure phrases and their simple alternatives.
Subject Specific Resources