Zebra is the American medical slang for arriving at an exotic medical diagnosis when a more commonplace explanation is more likely.
Since horses are common in Maryland while zebras are relatively rare, logically one could confidently guess that an animal making hoofbeats is probably a horse.
Why are zebras rare?
The zebra is used as a symbol for rare diseases since about 1940. This comes from a quote by Dr. Theodore Woodward: “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.” and “When you hear hoofbeats behind you, don’t expect to see a zebra.”
What diseases can zebras get?
Zebras also have all the other medical, psychological, and social problems that other patients present with. They get ordinary common infections and injuries, and develop common chronic diseases, such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
How rare is a spotted zebra?
Young melanistic zebras are spotted in the wild every few years, but it’s extremely rare to see an adult one. Some have referred to melanistic zebras as “opposite” zebras. They are distinct from “blonde” zebras, which have yellow stripes caused by albinism.
Are there any zebras without stripes?
In other words, if you think of zebra as the animal that has those stripes, and this one doesn’t have stripes, you can legitimately not call it a zebra anymore. In fact, if you are, say, 5 years old, that’s probably how you think, and it’s perfectly fine.
Why do people with EDS call themselves zebras?
“When you hear the sound of hooves, think horses, not zebras.” This phrase is taught to medical students throughout their training. In medicine, the term “zebra” is used in reference to a rare disease or condition. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is considered a rare condition and so EDS sufferers are known as medical zebras.
What is a zebra in slang?
Zebra is the American medical slang for arriving at an exotic medical diagnosis when a more commonplace explanation is more likely. The term for an obscure and rare diagnosis in medicine is fascinoma.
Are zebras dangerous?
Can you ride a zebra? Zebras also have very different temperaments to horses. They’re far more aggressive and a lot more dangerous. Zebras have been known to kick each other to death, they will viciously bite any human that comes too close, and there are even many accounts of zebras killing lions.
What are baby zebras called?
A baby zebra is called a foal.
A foal stays with its mother alone, separate from the herd, for a few days after its birth to learn her unique scent. A harem is a group of several female zebras with offspring that are protected by a single male.
How long does a zebra live?