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This glossary lists all terms and abbreviations used on the clinic's website that may require explanation in order to facilitate the understanding of the website.

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abbreviation of: Antibiotic Stewardship

Antibiotic stewardship (abbreviated: ABS) is a technical term for the competent, prudent use of anti-infectives to counteract increasing multidrug resistance. Further information can be found here.

Acute/chronic respiratory insufficiency

definition: oxygen uptake disorder

An acute or chronic respiratory insufficiency is an oxygen uptake disorder leading to shortness of breath and accelerated breathing.

Acute/chronic ventilatory insufficiency

definition: Respiratory muscle weakness

An acute or chronic ventilatory insufficiency is a respiratory muscle weakness that leads to shortness of breath and accelerated breathing.


abbreviation of: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis


definition: non-stationary

Ambulant means non-stationary. The patient goes for ambulatory consultation, diagnosis and treatment to a clinical facility, the outpatient clinic. This takes one or more hours, but not several days. The patient does not have to be admitted to a ward; he or she does not spend the night in hospital.


definition: Clinical device for non-stationary treatment

An ambulance is a clinical facility in which patients with a referral can make appointments for consultation, diagnosis and treatment with a specialist doctor at the clinic without being admitted as in-patients.


definition: Medikamente zur Behandlung von Infektionskrankheiten

Anti-infectives are drugs that are used to treat infectious diseases by killing the pathogens that cause them.

These include e.g:

  • Antibiotics against bacteria
  • Tuberculostatics against tuberculosis bacteria
  • Antivirals against viruses.


abbreviation of: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

ARDS is an abbreviation for the English technical term "Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome". This very strong reaction of the lungs to harmful influences is called "acute respiratory distress syndrome" or "acute lung failure" in German-speaking countries.


abbreviation of: Advanced Therapy Medicinal Product




Biomarkers are determinable biological characteristics, such as cells, enzymes or hormones, whose existence or number in the organism allows conclusions to be drawn about the state of health or disease of a patient.



abbreviation of: Charité Centre for Out-of-Hospital Ventilation and Oxygen Therapy

CABS is the abbreviation for the Charité Centre for Outpatient Ventilation and Oxygen Therapy of the Clinic - an outpatient facility for the care of patients with lung, musculoskeletal or nervous system disorders who are temporarily or permanently dependent on ventilators to support their respiratory functions.

Charité 3R

definition: Charité 3R

Charité 3R – Replace | Reduce | Refine – promotes the development of innovative methods in biomedical research with the objective of replacing animal experiments, reducing their number or refining experiments in order to relieve the burden placed on laboratory animals. With the over-arching goal of improving biomedical translation into applicable therapies for the human patient in mind, Charité 3R is an interdisciplinary effort to improve both medicine and animal welfare. Charité 3R will stimulate research in all 3Rs and consequently foster the development of novel alternative methods.

Charite 3R Website


abbreviation of: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

COPD is the abbreviation for "Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease".

This is a chronically progressive lung disease in which the respiratory tract narrows due to a persistent inflammatory reaction.


abbreviation of: computed tomography



abbreviation of: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

German Research Foundation


abbreviation of: German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine

The German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP) is a specialist society with the aim of continuously improving the prevention and treatment of pneumological diseases. More information about the DGP can be found here.



abbreviation of: Humanes Immundefizienz-Virus

HIV is the abbreviation for "human immunodeficiency virus" - a virus that weakens the immune system.

You can find more information here.




Infectiology is a medical specialty that specializes in infectious diseases that are mostly caused by bacteria or viruses.

Infectious diseases


An infectious disease is a disease from the field of infectiology and therefore an infectious disease, which is mostly caused by bacteria or viruses.



Eine Infektionskrankheit ist eine ansteckende Krankheit, die zumeist durch Bakterien oder Viren ausgelöst wurde.

Interstitial lung diseases

definition: Diseases in the tissue of the lung

Interstitial lung disease is a medical term for diseases in the tissue of the lung.


definition: nicht rückgängig zu machen

An irreversible event is an event that cannot be undone.



definition: Heart specialists

Cardiologists are specialists who specialize in diseases of the heart.


Pulmonary fibrosis

definition: scarred connective tissue of the lung

Pulmonary fibrosis is the technical term for a scarring growth of connective tissue in the lung as a result of inflammatory lung disease.



abbreviation of: Magnetic resonance imaging