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Adding NeuroNames to the UMLS Metathesaurus.
NeuroNames is a valuable component of the Metathesaurus, one Knowledge Source in the National Library of Medicine's Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). The Metathesaurus organizes biomedical names from many component vocabularies by meaning, uniting those with the same meaning in concepts. The Spring 2002 release contains 2.1 million names for 871,584 Concepts from 102 sources. NeuroNames provides an authoritative reference vocabulary for neuroscience, with rich synonymy and valuable links to further information such as BrainInfo. Its very high standards permit quality assurance including the identification of unrecognized synonyms from other Metathesaurus vocabularies. The addition of NeuroNames enables navigation from many other vocabularies to NeuroNames and its linked resources, or from NeuroNames to other resources that use different vocabularies.