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:For other uses, please see Zebra (disambiguation). Zebra is a slang medical term for an obscure and unlikely diagnosis from ordinary symptoms. It derives from the aphorism "When you hear hoofbeats behind you, don't expect to see a zebra," which was probably coined by Dr. Theodore Woodward, a former professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine.Sotos, John. Zebra Cards—Aphorism Inventor. URL: http://zebracards.com/a-intro_inventor.html. Accessed: January 2, 2006. It is also phrased as "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras."Dr. Cox, Scrubs, episode My Balancing ActA similar term for an obscure and rare diagnosis in medicine is .
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