The Adult Mouse Anatomical Dictionary: a tool for annotating and integrating data

Genome Biol. 2005;6(3):R29. doi: 10.1186/gb-2005-6-3-r29. Epub 2005 Feb 15.


We have developed an ontology to provide standardized nomenclature for anatomical terms in the postnatal mouse. The Adult Mouse Anatomical Dictionary is structured as a directed acyclic graph, and is organized hierarchically both spatially and functionally. The ontology will be used to annotate and integrate different types of data pertinent to anatomy, such as gene expression patterns and phenotype information, which will contribute to an integrated description of biological phenomena in the mouse.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Classification
  • Dictionaries as Topic*
  • Mice / anatomy & histology*
  • Software*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Vocabulary, Controlled