Skip to main content
Clinical Abbreviation Sense Inventory
Moon, Sungrim; Pakhomov, Serguei; Melton, Genevieve (2012)

Clinical Abbreviation Sense Inventory

Issue Date


A sense inventory is a collection of abbreviations and acronyms (short forms) with their possible senses (long forms), along with other corresponding information about these terms. For our comprehensive sense inventory for clinical abbreviations and acronyms, a total of 440 most frequently used abbreviations and acronyms were selected from 352,267 dictated clinical notes. 949 senses of each abbreviation and acronym were manually annotated from 500 random instances within clinical notes and lexically aligned with 17,359 long forms of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), 5,233 long forms of Another Database of Abbreviations in Medline (ADAM), and 4,879 long forms in Stedman’s Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms & Symbols (4th edition).

Appears in Collection(s)

This clinical sense inventory is provided in two versions (Version 1 and version 2) along with the Anonymized Data Set. Descriptions of the versions and data anonymization process are included as README files.

This research was supported by the American Surgical Association Foundation Fellowship, the University of Minnesota Institute for Health Informatics Research Support Grant, and by the National Library of Medicine (#R01 LM009623-01).

Suggested Citation
Moon, Sungrim; Pakhomov, Serguei; Melton, Genevieve. (2012). Clinical Abbreviation Sense Inventory. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,

Content distributed via the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor.