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I have been studying misspellings of the names of medicines (e.g. asprin, parasetamol) and have classified the different types as follows:

  1. substitutions (e.g. gentamycin for gentamicin);
  2. additions (e.g. gentamicine);
  3. omissions (e.g. amitriptylin for amitriptyline);
  4. duplications (specific types of additions) (e.g. amitriptylline);
  5. deduplications (specific types of omissions) (e.g. manose for mannose);
  6. transpositions (i.e. metatheses; e.g. filgastrim for filgrastim);
  7. combinations of these (e.g. gentamycine).

This is important when carrying out systematic reviews of published data, since failing to search for misspellings will result in missing data. Are there any other types?

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  • Are typos e.g fat-finger mistakes, excluded your remit? en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typographical_error – k1eran Dec 4 '16 at 9:09
  • I'm voting to close this question as because medicine types are off topic. – curiousdannii Dec 5 '16 at 1:54
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because is a request for a list, the completeness of which can only judged by domain specialists and not by language experts. – choster Dec 5 '16 at 7:11

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