Why is Electrocardiogram Abbreviated EKG?
SEPTEMBER 06, 2007April Holladay, HappyNews ColumnistQ: If "EKG" stands for electrocardiogram, why isn't it spelled "ECG"?
Sandra, Albuquerque, NMThe term comes from the German spelling of electrocardiogram: Eletrokardiogramm. The EKG inventor, however, was Dutch —Willem Einthoven. In 1893, Einthoven introduced the Dutch word, electrocardiogramm, at a meeting of the Dutch Medical Association. Thus, Einthoven originally spelled the word with a "C".It was not until 1900 that Einthoven changed the spelling to 'Eletrokardiogramm' when he published in German. The first abbreviation was EKG. Now both terms are in common usage: ECG and EKG.(Answered Sep. 27, 2002; updated on Aug. 28, 2007)