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[bioontology-support] Web/REST service for Lexicon terms

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Thu Aug 1 14:13:05 PDT 2013

Unfortunately the name is not enough information to specify a term. It is
not required that the name of a class be unique within the ontology, only
the internal id needs to be unique. We have a number of ontologies that do
not have unique names for classes. This may be a bad practice but it is


What you can do is to use us the search functionality to retrieve the set
of classes that match the string and then try to figure out which is the
one that you want. It may be easier though, as a practical matter, to just
construct the URI parameter. It makes your calls look ugly but it will





From: bioontology-support-bounces at
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of Vivek
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2013 7:29 AM
To: Trish Whetzel
Cc: bioontology-support at; support at
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] Web/REST service for Lexicon terms


I also have one more question, the service is expecting encoded URI as
parameter. Is there any way just with term name can we search?


for example: For Prostate term i want search and get the term details. So
i want pass "Prostate" to the service.





On Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 7:54 PM, Vivek Juluri <vivek at> wrote:

Thanks for your help. I was able to get the information. 


It is returning lot of information, so i added optional parameter
"norelations=1". In the website it mentioned that it will give basic
information, but i am not getting definitions. Please see below URL


Is there any way to get definitions and comments?


Appreciate your help.





On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:26 AM, Trish Whetzel <whetzel at> wrote:

There are a set of "Term" web services [1] that can extract the
information you've listed.








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On Jul 30, 2013, at 12:12 AM, Vivek Juluri <vivek at> wrote:




We have a requirement for finding Lexicon term details. Do we have any
service which takes term as a input parameter and give all the details.
(either in Json/XML)

We would like to get following details:

.         ID

.         Full Id

.         Comment

.         Definition

.         Synonyms

Please let me know if you need any information from my side.






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