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A specialization of a concept, sharing all the definitional attributes of the parent concept, with additional defining characteristics.


  1. Subtypes are transitive, that is if A is a subtype of B and B is a subtype of C, then A is also a subtype of C.
  2. The term subtype is sometimes used to incorrectly to refer only to the concepts that are directly related to a parent concept via a  116680003 |is a| relationship. The correct term a directly related subtype concept is subtype child.


  • Bacterial infectious disease is a subtype of infectious disease. Bacterial septicemia, bacteremia, bacterial peritonitis, etc. are subtypes of bacterial infectious disease (and thus also subtypes of infectious disease). 

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