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ready Symptom Ontology


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The symptom ontology was designed around the guiding concept of a symptom being: "A perceived change in function, sensation or appearance reported by a patient indicative of a disease". There is a close relationship between Signs and Symptoms, where Signs are the objective observation of an illness. The Symptom Ontology will work to broaden its scope to capture and document in a more robust manor these two sets of terms. At times, the same term may be both a Sign and a Symptom.

How to cite this record: SYMP; Symptom Ontology; DOI:; Last edited: Feb. 22, 2018, 2:02 p.m.; Last accessed: Mar 24 2018 4:15 a.m.

Record updated: Nov. 23, 2016, 10:13 a.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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The Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology (OBO) Foundry is a collective of ontology developers that are committed to collaboration and adherence to shared principles. The mission of the OBO Foundry is to develop a family of interoperable ontologies that are both logically well-formed and scientifically accurate. To achieve this, OBO Foundry participants voluntarily adhere to and contribute to the development of an evolving set of principles including open use, collaborative development, non-overlapping and strictly-scoped content, and common syntax and relations, based on ontology models that work well, such as the Gene Ontology (GO). The OBO Foundry is overseen by an Operations Committee with Editorial, Technical and Outreach working groups.

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