eponym

noun ep·onym \ ˈe-pə-ˌnim \

Definition of eponym

1 :one for whom or which something is or is believed to be named
2 :a name (as of a drug or a disease) based on or derived from an eponym

eponymic

play \ˌe-pə-ˈni-mik\ adjective

Examples of eponym in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Banks was surely the eponym of eponyms. From Alaska to Indonesia, from Tierra del Fuego to Tasmania, there are capes, islands, straits, mountains, bays, points, channels, peninsulas, counties and towns named after him. —Pat RogersTimes Literary Supplement3–9 June 1988
  2. Toadfishes burp the songs of their eponyms; one sort of toadfish is called the singing midshipman. —John HerseyHarper'sMay 1987
  3. Almost from the onset of television, congressmen have realized the promotional potential of the carefully scripted hearing: the McCarthy and Kefauver hearings of the 1950s, which were among the first "televison events," made their eponyms famous. —Gregg EasterbrookAtlanticDec. 1984

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Origin and Etymology of eponym

Greek epōnymos, from epōnymos eponymous, from epi- + onyma name — more at name


Medical Dictionary

eponym

noun ep·onym \ ˈep-ə-ˌnim \

medical Definition of eponym

1 :the person for whom something (as a disease) is or is believed to be named
2 :a name (as of a drug or a disease) based on or derived from the name of a person

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