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[Ontology-editors] "anatomical structure"

David Hill dph at
Mon Jun 7 13:40:52 PDT 2010

My bad. I missed that an entire multicellular organism is also an 
anatomical structure. Are there cases where we would consider something 
maturing, but not as an anatomical structure? What about something like 
cognitive maturation.... not sure we want to go there.


On 6/7/10 4:25 PM, Chris Mungall wrote:
> On Jun 7, 2010, at 9:42 AM, David Hill wrote:
>>> So perhaps it's GO:0071695 that's at fault?
>>> The following might be better:
>>> GO:0021700 ! developmental maturation --> RENAME: anatomical 
>>> structure maturation
>>>    GO:0071695 ! anatomical structure maturation --> RENAME: gross 
>>> anatomical structure maturation
>>>    GO:0048469 ! cell maturation
>>>    GO:0016188 ! synaptic vesicle maturation
>> I actually think that it is 21700 that is at fault. This should refer 
>> to multicellular organisms and anatomical structures. I would like to 
>> see anatomical structure be consistent with the one in the 
>> development term. This seems pretty consistent with CARO but a little 
>> more friendly for our users.
> I'm not completely following I'm afraid.
> What is the differentia for GO:0071695? The definitions are not 
> currently in G-D form, but we can infer it from the text:
>> GO:0021700 ! developmental maturation : A developmental process, 
>> independent of morphogenetic (shape) change, that is required for an 
>> anatomical structure, cell or cellular component to attain its fully 
>> functional state
>> GO:0071695 ! anatomical structure maturation: A developmental 
>> process, independent of morphogenetic (shape) change, that is 
>> required for an anatomical structure to attain its fully functional 
>> state
> If we understand "anatomical structure" to be consistent with CARO and 
> the other terms in GO, then the definitions are identical. The "cell 
> or cellular component" part of the parent definition is misleading 
> fluff, since "anatomical structure" already includes cells and cell 
> components.
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