Cross-lingual alignment of biomedical acronyms and their expansions

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2006;124:857-62.


We propose a method that aligns biomedical acronyms and their definitions across different languages. The approach is based upon a freely available tool for the extraction of abbreviations together with their expansions, and the subsequent normalization of language-specific variants, synonyms, and translations of the extracted acronym definitions. In this step, acronym expansions are mapped onto a language-independent concept-layer on which intra- as well as interlingual comparisons are drawn.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Germany
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Multilingualism*
  • Programming Languages
  • Semantics*