1. Avogadro’s number:
The definition of Avogadro’s number was given for monocristalline structures. Strictly speaking, it should not be applied to solutions although it is customary to use it for dilutions. Avogadro’s number allows us to calculate the number of molecules in a given mass of a substance. In German speaking countries its is called Loschmidt’s number. Using Avogadro’s number, we find that in homeopathic dilutions we reach very quickly a stage where in theory there should not be any molecule.
2. Placebo effect: from Latin I shall please placebo is now said of therapeutic effects recorded upon giving a substance supposedly without activity, only prescribed to please and subsequently used in medicines assessment surveys.
3. Encoding: in this case, the process whereby words are turned into numerical values allowing mathematical and IT interpreting. Kent IT Repertory (published by CEIA) is – inter allia – a kind of encoding.
4. Factorial analysis: Mathematical method through which a subsumed information or factor may be taken out of a group of data.
5. Codex - short for Codex medicamentorum: the former name of the Pharmacopoeia, a listing of medications and their preparatory mode.
6. Succussion: Shaking dilutions containing flasks repeatedly
7. CH: Centesimal Hahnemann
8. Mother tincture: for a chemist, this is the starting point of a dilution series, and therefore the most concentrated solution.
9. Trituration: To triturate is to pulverise and comminute by rubbing or grinding (Webster’s)
10. Radio frequency waves: Electromagnetic waves in the radio frequencies range, i.e. around 1MHz.