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[bioontology-support] searching by synonyms

Wynne, Robert (NIH/NCI) [C] wynner at
Sat Aug 18 12:52:05 PDT 2018

Hi Jennifer,

Yes.  I took a look at the documentation and have tried the following calls using my key.  Neither seem to return what I’m looking for, so maybe I’m doing something wrong.

I’d like to restrict my search to just synonyms, and have classes returned that match the search value (a contains or exact match).

Can this be done through BioPortal instead?  If I go to the Advanced Search there is an option to select all properties, but is there a way to search by a single property?


From: Jennifer Leigh Vendetti <vendetti at>
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2018 7:57 PM
To: Wynne, Robert (NIH/NCI) [C] <wynner at>
Cc: support at; De Coronado, Sherri (NIH/NCI) [E] <decorons at>
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] searching by synonyms

Hi Rob,

Apologies, but I’m not sure I followed your question.

We do have a search endpoint in the REST API for searching by ontology properties. It’s documented here:

Is this what you meant?

Kind regards,

On Aug 16, 2018, at 4:35 PM, Wynne, Robert (NIH/NCI) [C] <wynner at<mailto:wynner at>> wrote:

Hi all,

How would I use BioPortal or the BioPortal RESTAPI to search by synonyms that can be found on classes?  I guess this would go for any one specific text property.  If I do this search using REST, could I specify my property?

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