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ready Foundational Model of Anatomy

Abbreviation: FMA

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The Foundational Model of Anatomy Ontology (FMA) is an evolving computer-based knowledge source for biomedical informatics; it is concerned with the representation of classes or types and relationships necessary for the symbolic representation of the phenotypic structure of the human body in a form that is understandable to humans and is also navigable, parseable and interpretable by machine-based systems. Specifically, the FMA is a domain ontology that represents a coherent body of explicit declarative knowledge about human anatomy. Its ontological framework can be applied and extended to all other species


Countries that developed this resource United States

Created in 1995

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How to cite this record FMA; Foundational Model of Anatomy; DOI:; Last edited: July 5, 2019, 5:10 p.m.; Last accessed: Jan 18 2022 2:24 a.m.

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A reference ontology for biomedical informatics: the Foundational Model of Anatomy.

Rosse C,Mejino JL Jr
J Biomed Inform 2004

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From frames to OWL2: Converting the Foundational Model of Anatomy.

Detwiler LT,Mejino JLV,Brinkley JF
Artif Intell Med 2016

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  • DE24417 (National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA)

  • LM 03528 (U.S. National Library of Medicine)

  • LM 06822 (U.S. National Library of Medicine)