I have recorded someone's blood pressure over a period of one hour. Should the resulting file that contains the blood pressure samples be called record or recording?

http://physionet.org/physiobank/database/mimicdb/ uses the term recording:

The database described below was the product of our first attempt (1992-1999) to build a collection of multi-parameter recordings of ICU patients.

However, I read in http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/record that record can mean:

a collection of related items of information (as in a database) treated as a unit

Shall I infer that I can interchangeably use both record or recording to designate the my file that contains the blood pressure samples?

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If you are specifically referring to someone's blood pressure over a period of one hour (the chart itself), that would be a recording. This is data collected over a period of time.
As in your example, I suppose you could refer to multiples here as recordings as long as you are referring to the data itself.

However, the paper strip itself could also be called a record (same as any test result). More than one would be records.

I would like to check my medical records.

Disclaimer: Medical terminology may differ.

  • Thanks: could I call the file "record" as well, or should it be called recording all the time? Sep 1, 2014 at 21:32

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