A clinical idea to which a unique concept identifier
has been assigned.
- SNOMED CT concepts are distributed in the Concept File.
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").