A clinical idea to which a unique
concept identifier has been assigned.
- SNOMED CT concepts are distributed in the
Concepts are associated with
descriptions that contain human-readable
terms describing the concept.
Concepts are related to one another by
relationships that provide a formal logical definition of the concept.
When working with SNOMED CT, it is recommended the default meaning of "concept" refers
to a SNOMED CT concept defined as noted above. However, the word "concept" is sometimes
used in other more specific or more general ways as noted below.
As an abbreviated name for the
concept identifier. For clarity when working with SNOMED CT, this is should be referred to as an "identifier",
"id" or "code" (e.g. "concept id", "concept identifier" or "concept code");
In its more general dictionary defined usage referring to an idea or class of real-world
entities that may be represented by a
concept identifier. For clarity when working with SNOMED CT, this is should be referred to as an "idea"
or "meaning" (e.g. "a clinical idea" or "clinical meaning" or "code meaning").