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noun 
  1. A person whose name has become identified with a particular object or activity.
  2. A word formed from a person"s name, e.g. stentorian after the Greek herald Stentor.
  3. The hero of a book, film etc. having the character"s name as its title, e.g. w:Robinson Crusoe, Robinson Crusoe.
  4. (context, healthcare) A condition, disease or disorder named after a particular clinician or patient, e.g. Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer"s Disease, named after the neurologist w:Alois Alzheimer, Alois Alzheimer.
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  • Dutch: (t, nl, eponiem)
  • French: (t, fr, éponyme, m)
  • German: Eponym(de)n
  • Italian: (t, it, eponimo, m)
  • Spanish: epónimo(es)m
Etymology: From (term, sc=Grek, , tr=epánymos) from íolic (term, sc=Grek, , tr=epí, , upon, to) + (term, , tr=ónoma, , name). See (term, -onym).


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