One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]usually as adjective anonymized
Remove identifying particulars or details from (something, especially medical test results) for statistical or other purposes.‘anonymized testing of routine blood samples’
- ‘We used anonymised data from the UK General Practice Research Database.’
- ‘We used anonymised statistical abstracts of hospital records that were linked to data from death certificates in the former Oxford health region from 1963 to 1998.’
- ‘We did an observational study of changes in prescribing costs between two financial years using anonymised data from all general practices in Trent.’
- ‘The availability of fully anonymised material to others in order to pursue the full scientific and therapeutic potential of the study will be tightly controlled.’
- ‘However, any experienced journal editor will recount situations where anonymised information has been recognisable to the patient or family involved and caused upset.’
1970s: from anonymous + -ize.
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