What is MedlinePlus?

"MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free."


" The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, created and maintains MedlinePlus to assist in locating authoritative health information.

  • MedlinePlus pages contain carefully selected links to Web resources with health information on over 900 topics. 
    • The MedlinePlus health topic pages include links to current news on the topic and related information. You can also find preformulated searches of the MEDLINE/PubMed database, which allow you to find references to latest health professional articles on your topic.

  • The A.D.A.M. medical encyclopedia brings health consumers an extensive library of medical images and videos, as well as over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries.

  • Drug and supplement information is available from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) via AHFS® Consumer Medication Information, and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version.

  • The Merriam-Webster medical dictionary allows you to look up definitions and spellings of medical words.  
  • Interactive tutorials from the Patient Education Institute explain over 165 procedures and conditions in easy-to-read language."