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Columbia (medical term)

Columbia (pronounced kəˈlʌmbiə) is a term used in the medical field, particularly in the context of medical research and education. The term is derived from the Latin word "Columba", meaning "dove", which is symbolic of peace and healing.


The term "Columbia" is derived from the Latin word "Columba", which means "dove". The dove is a universal symbol of peace and healing, which is fitting for its use in the medical field. The term was first used in this context in the early 20th century, when Columbia University in New York City became a prominent center for medical research and education.


In the medical field, "Columbia" is often used to refer to the Columbia University Medical Center, a world-renowned research and treatment facility. The term may also refer to the Columbia Protocol, a widely used tool for assessing suicide risk.

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