Identifying proper names in parallel medical terminologies

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2000;77:443-7.


We propose several criteria to identify proper names in biomedical terminologies. Traditional, pattern-based methods that rely on the immediate context of a proper name are not applicable. However, the availability of translations of some terminologies supports methods based on invariant words instead. A combination of five criteria achieved 86% precision and 88% recall on the 16,401 word forms of the International Classification of Diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Disease / classification*
  • Eponyms*
  • Humans
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Unified Medical Language System*