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compendium (noun) a book of facts, drawings, photographs, etc., on a subject; a brief but all inclusive summary.
A book with a lot of information about a subject, presented in the form of facts, tables, drawings, and photos, is a compendium. A compendium of medical facilities in the US is a book of information about hospitals, doctors, labs, etc., in the US. So is a compendium of school education in the US is a set of facts, figures, pictures, and photos about school education facilities in the country. A brief summary of something without any important point being omitted is also a compendium. A compendium on AIDS makes available very briefly all the information about the disease, its causes, symptoms, and the research carried out on it, and its treatment.
- The compendium prepared by the pharmaceutical company, practicing doctors all over the country feel, is very useful because it contains the information of the latest medicines and vaccines developed, and about the management of chronic ailments.
- The golf compendium cannot be called a compendium in the right sense of the word. It has no details about the origin of the game and also statistics of matches won and lost country wise.