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An indication of the intended use of a term of a SNOMED CT description when applied to the associated concept.

Notes

  • The description type is represented by the value of the description.typeId attribute.
  • Permitted values include the following (other types may be defined in future):

    typeId (with term)

    Further information

    fully specified name

    A<em> </em><a href="https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/DOCGLOSS/description" title="Glossary link: description" rel="nofollow" class="conf-macro output-inline" data-hasbody="false" data-macro-name="gloss">description</a> that represents the meaning of a <a href="https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/DOCGLOSS/concept" title="Glossary link: concept" rel="nofollow" class="conf-macro output-inline" data-hasbody="false" data-macro-name="gloss">concept</a> in a way that is unambiguous and independent of the context in which it is used.
    • A description that represents the meaning of a concept in a way that is unambiguous and independent of the context in which it is used.

    synonym

    A word or phrase that expresses the meaning of a <a href="https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/DOCGLOSS/SNOMED+CT+concept" title="Glossary link: SNOMED CT concept" rel="nofollow" class="conf-macro output-inline" data-hasbody="false" data-macro-name="gloss">SNOMED CT concept</a> in a specified <a href="https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/DOCGLOSS/language" title="Glossary link: language" rel="nofollow" class="conf-macro output-inline" data-hasbody="false" data-macro-name="gloss">language</a>.

    textual definition

    A narrative text explanation of the meaning of a <a href="https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/DOCGLOSS/concept" title="Glossary link: concept" rel="nofollow" class="conf-macro output-inline" data-hasbody="false" data-macro-name="gloss">concept</a> that may exceed the maximum permitted length for a <a href="https://confluence.ihtsdotools.org/display/DOCGLOSS/fully+specified+name" title="Glossary link: fully specified name" rel="nofollow" class="conf-macro output-inline" data-hasbody="false" data-macro-name="gloss">fully specified name</a>.

  • The Preferred term is not a distinct description type, it is the synonym marked as preferred for use in the language reference set for a specified language context.

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