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Harmonised Glossary of Wound Care Terms

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Harmonised Glossary of Wound Care Terms

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Acute Wounds, Biofilm, Burns, Chronic Wounds, Compression Therapy, Connecive Tissue, Debridement, Desloughing, Diabetic Foot Ulcer, Exudate Management, Growth Factor, Hydro-responsive Wound Dressing, Hyper-hydration, Lymphedema, MMP, NPWT, Maceration, Peri Wound Skin, Pressure Ulcer, Proteases, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Superabsorbent Polymer Dressings, Wound Pathophysiology, Wound Bed Preparation, Wound Care
Publication Year
Rhidian Morgan‑Jones, MB BCh, FRCS, MMedSci, FRCS (T&O)
published in
Journal of Wound Care
Approx. reading time
60 minutes


This harmonised glossary of terms builds on the work of others who have sought agreement on the language of wound healing. The authors of this project began with a review of published literature that sought to define terms used in wound care. They then synthesised the various definitions of similar terms, harmonising the often subtle differences between them.

To ensure that these definitions would find common acceptance worldwide and across disciplines, an international panel of experts from differing fields was
invited to review an initial draft of the glossary. The authors and panel held a consensus meeting, where they reached agreement on the harmonisation of terms.

The result is this harmonised glossary, published in the Journal of Wound Care. It is circulated as part of the journal's author instructions to help standardise terminology across submissions.


Rhidian Morgan‑Jones, MB BCh, FRCS, MMedSci, FRCS (T&O)
Consultant Revision Knee Surgeon, Colchester University Hospital, Essex; Schoen Clinic London; Spire Cardiff Hospital, UK

Kylie Sandy‑Hodgetts, BSc Hons, MBA, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of the Skin Integrity Research Group, Centre for Molecular Medicine & Innovative Therapeutics, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia; President, International Surgical Wound Complications Advisory Panel

Citation reference

Morgan‑Jones, R; Sandy‑Hodgetts, K.; (2023) Harmonised glossary of wound care terms. Journal of wound care. Vol 32. NO:S6C

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