- A dictionary of medical eponyms

Johann Christian Rosenmüller

Born 1771
Died 1820

Related eponyms


German anatomist og surgeon, born May 25, 1771; died February 28, 1820.

Biography of Johann Christian Rosenmüller

Johann Christian Rosenmüller entered the University of Leipzig in 1786, receiving the degree of Magister in 1792. He subsequently studied in Erlangen and in 1794 was appointed prosector of the anatomical institute at Leipzig. He received his doctorate in 1797, and from 1802 until his death was active as professor of anatomy and surgery. From 1804 to 1809 he also held the post og Physicus to the university.

While a student Rosenmüller was a pioneering speleologist. Both the cave bear – ursus spelaeus rosenmüller – and a cave is named in his honour.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

What is Whonamedit?

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.


Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.