circa 1900-1920, what did the medical term ‘manition’ mean?

Manition was used on death certificates. Found 1906-1912.

example: Manition of cancer.

seen: died of manition of cancer of stomach.

Is the word, manition, a phonetic spelling, written as spoken in a regional dialect?

4 Answers

  • I searched for "cancer manition" and found many sites with death certificate listings showing the same terminology. However, I did find one that was listed like this:

    manition (sic) & starvation due to cancer

    The term 'sic' is used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally. So, apparently MANITION was a commonly misspelled term for an unknown purpose. I searched medical dictionaries as well as dictionaries containing obsolete words. The answerer above may be right in saying it could be MANATION, although the definition doesn't quite fit (cancer doesn't really flow, or flow out of). Another possibility could be MONITION (an imitation of danger). That definition could have been twisted 100 years ago to mean that someone died AS A RESULT OF.

    I'm sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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    Source(s): Online Professional Medical Consultation :
  • There's something similar, "manation", which means flowing out. Perhaps it means "spreading of cancer".

  • stomach cancer

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  1. I think the term is probably an attempt to indicated that the person died from thier lives ‘flowing out of them.
    The COD I’m looking out shows the principle cause of death is ‘manition’, his contributing causes are lung cancer and pneumonia.


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