Providing innovative, easy-to-use reference and learning tools Adds The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary For Instant Medical Reference

45,000 Entries Provides Invaluable Free Source of Current Information


HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA, April 21, 2005 – Farlex, Inc., publisher of leading online reference site,, today announced the incorporation of Houghton Mifflin’s The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, Second Edition into’s collection of reference works.  With the addition of The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, users can gain free access to authoritative descriptions of medical conditions, medications, anatomical terms, noted medical personalities and much more.

            The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary is intended for use by healthcare consumers, students, and professionals as well as anyone who wants to keep up with the burgeoning array of terminology found in today’s medical news.  By staying clear of jargon, the dictionary offers fast and concise information, whether the user is searching for a description of an over-the-counter or prescription medication, a medical abbreviation, a test procedure, a medical research topic, or an illness.  Over 45,000 entries from all areas of medicine and healthcare are included.

            “Adding The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary is one more step to making the most comprehensive reference source on the World Wide Web,” said Nick Simonov, president of Farlex, Inc.  “This dictionary is totally up-to-date with the latest terms from today’s medical headlines.  It brings clarity to even obscure topics, making it invaluable to professionals and laypeople alike.”

            “In its short existence, has gained considerable popularity by bringing authoritative reference resources to millions of people worldwide, and we are pleased that the XML version of The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary will further add to its high-quality offering, ”said David Langevin, vice president and director of sales and business development for electronic publishing in Houghton Mifflin Company’s Trade & Reference Division.

            Users of can research medical definitions and topics by typing the desired word or phrase into the search box on the site’s home page.  The site’s search engine immediately provides definitions of the word or phrase along with pronunciations, tables, illustrations, related terms, and sponsored results as appropriate.

   also provides a wealth of other free and valuable research information including a legal dictionary, computing dictionary as well as the Columbia Encyclopedia and Wikipedia Encyclopedia.  The Hutchinson Encyclopedia is also available on a subscription basis.  For more, visit



Launched in the spring of 2003, has quickly grown to become one of the best reference sources on the Web.  From its beginnings as a simple dictionary of everyday terms, has incorporated medical, legal, and computer dictionaries, a thesaurus, an encyclopedia, a literature reference library, and a search engine, all in one place.  A prime online vehicle for advertisers wishing to reach active information seekers, was accessed by more than one hundred million visitors in 2004.


About Farlex, Inc.:

Farlex, Inc. ( is an independent, privately held provider of online reference products based in Huntingdon Valley PA.  Founded in 2004, Farlex, Inc. provides innovative, easy-to-use reference and learning tools.  Farlex’s flagship websites, and, contain about one million pages of books and reference information from the world’s most respected sources.


About Houghton Mifflin
Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, with more than $1 billion in sales. Houghton Mifflin publishes textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. It also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers, and offers computer-administered testing programs and services for the professional and certification markets. With origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation. Visit the company's website:

Taryn Roeder
Assistant Director of Publicity
Houghton Mifflin Company



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