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Quality control
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1. Concept and quality problems

The term “quality” (from Latin qualitas, “condition,” “nature”) is first attested in English in Chaucer (1370s: “couered qualite of thing”) in the general sense of the “nature of a thing” (particularly in comparison with another thing). The German Qualität was first current in the healing arts (see Humoralism). Both the English and the German words only became established in the spec…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Quality control”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026090>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107



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