la glandula tiroide interviene en la digestion.....

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by apreslacan, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. apreslacan Senior Member

    Would this be best translated as

    "the thyroid gland intervenes in digestion"

    or "the thyroid gland plays a role in digestion"

    or something else?

    Not sure if "intervenir" can be translated as "intervene" in this case.......

  2. Alisterio

    Alisterio Senior Member

    Mexico City
    UK English
    I would go for your second option in this case. The verb intervene is usually used in English more in a context of interrupting or interfering in a process; for example, a person can intervene to prevent a fight between two friends, or a government can intervene in an industry to stop it from going bankrupt (I can't think why that sounds familiar...)
  3. TurbidTongue Senior Member

    US English, Euro Portuguese
    If you want my opinion as a medical interpreter, I would have said the second of your suggestions, too. :)
  4. apreslacan Senior Member

    Thanks so much! :)
  5. Cubanboy

    Cubanboy Senior Member

    Voto por la segunda opción.
  6. Lamemoor Senior Member

    Peru - Spanish

    Hello TurbidTongue:

    and what about affects or has an effect?
  7. TurbidTongue Senior Member

    US English, Euro Portuguese
    Sure, those sound fine, but are you trying to say that the thryroid gland is part of the process and therefore has a concrete role in it, or are you just trying to say that it affects that process, possibly variably, from outside of it? They are two different ideas.

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