The architecture of a distributed medical dictionary

Medinfo. 1995;8 Pt 1:126-30.


Exploiting high-speed computer networks to provide a national medical information infrastructure is a goal for medical informatics. The Distributed Medical Dictionary under development at Baylor College of Medicine is a model for an architecture that supports collaborative development of a distributed online medical terminology knowledge-base. A prototype is described that illustrates the concept. Issues that must be addressed by such a system include high availability, acceptable response time, support for local idiom, and control of vocabulary.

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Dictionaries, Medical as Topic*
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Unified Medical Language System