A comprehensive Glossary of Applied Terminology for the Pharmaceutical Industry has been released by an association hoping to standardize industry terms across a wide range of life science disciplines.

Released by the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering in Tampa, Fla., the glossary is available at no charge on www.ispe.org/glossary. Visitors can search more than 5,000 abbreviations, acronyms and terms in English, French and German, with other languages to be added in the future, including Japanese. The glossary focuses on specific areas in biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing and technology such as manufacturing processes, water treatment, medicine, biology, chemistry, welding and metallurgy.