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Clinical trials are an essential aspect of modern medical research. Describing the scope of a trial, how it is going to work and what it is trying to find out often requires the use of many technical, scientific and other specialist terminology.

This glossary brings together definitions of many of these specialist words. The definitions have been written by experts in clinical trial design.

The glossary is a result of collaboration between patients (the European Genetic Alliances Network (EGAN)) and the pharmaceutical industry (Roche).