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 and OWL axioms that provide a formal logical definition of the concept.
Not to be confused with:
- Concept, in its more general dictionary usages, referring to an idea or to a class of real-world entities. When working with SNOMED CT, the words "idea" or "meaning" are suggested instead of this more general use of concept.
- Concept identifier. For clarity when referring to the identifier of a SNOMED CT concept, specifically refer to the "concept identifier", "concept id" or "code" rather than using the word concept.