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[bioontology-support] search concept definitions

Ray Fergerson ray.fergerson at
Mon Aug 26 13:47:54 PDT 2013



If you use "History and Physical" as the search term and then include
property values in the search, you will get 10 matches, including the ROS
one that you prefer. The "include property valus" flag allows the system
to search the definition property, which is were the matches are made.




From: bioontology-support-bounces at
[mailto:bioontology-support-bounces at] On Behalf Of Lee M
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:29 PM
To: support at
Subject: [bioontology-support] search concept definitions


I was browsing the REST API and I do not see this function.  Here is why I
think it would be useful:

I am trying to find the best match for my concept "History and Physical"
from within the NCI Thesaurus.

I make the following REST call:

I get back a single answer with a decent match:
<conceptId> <></conceptId>
<preferredName>Physical Examination</preferredName>
<definition>A systemic evaluation of the body and it's functions
using visual inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation. The
purpose is to determine the presence or absence of physical signs of
disease or abnormality for an individual's health

But it's missing the 'History' part, so I browse the Ontology manually and

Preferred Name (Preferred_Name) 

Review of Systems

Synonyms (FULL_SYN) 


Definitions (DEFINITION) 

A comprehensive assessment of a patient, which includes a subjective
history taking component as well as an objective based structured
interview and physical examination of all the body systems.



Now, I'm not necessarilly saying that ROS is a "better" match, but it
would be nice for it to show up on the search results.  Any thoughts?


Lee Surprenant
IBM Emerging Technologies | jStart Team
lmsurpre at | (919) 543-8919

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