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Characterizing the Definitions of Anatomical Concepts in WordNet and Specialized Sources
Objectives: The objective of this study is to characterize the definitions of anatomical concepts in a general terminological system (WordNet) and a domain-specific one (a medical dictionary). Methods: Definitions were first classified into five groups with respect to the nature of the definition. The principal noun phrase (or head) of the definiens was then compared to the definiendum through a reference hierarchy of anatomical concepts. Results: This study confirms the predominance of genus-differentia definitions for anatomical terms. Hierarchical relationships are, as expected, the principal type of relationships found between the definiendum and the head of the definiens. Discussion: Differences in the characteristics of the definitions between WordNet and medical dictionaries are presented and discussed.