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A term that is an acceptable way to express a the meaning of a SNOMED CT concept in a particular language.


  1. Synonyms are represented as SNOMED CT descriptions with the typeId value 900000000000013009 |Synonym| .
  2. Synonyms allow representations of the various ways a concept may be described.
  3. Synonyms (unlike fully specified names) are not necessarily unique because the same term can be used to describe more than one concept .
  4. The preferred term is the synonym marked as preferred for use in the Language Reference Set for a given language or dialect .