A description that is no longer intended for current use. 


  • Release files contain active and inactive descriptions to provide a historical record of the content of the terminology at different points in time.

  • A description is inactive when the most recent row with the in the full release file has the value = 0 (zero). The most recent row for a description is determined based on the description.effectiveTime value.
  • Terms derived from inactive descriptions may still be present in past records but should no longer be returned by searches or user interface tools used to enter information into current records.

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