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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) in MEDLINE®/PubMed®: A Tutorial

Pharmacological Action Terms

Pharmacological Action Lists

In addition to their use as MeSH headings for indexing, pharmacological action terms have separate records in the MeSH database that list the substances that are assigned to that action:

search of food preservatives in MeSH Database

Type the Pharmacological Action term in MeSH Database search box.

Click on term labeled [Pharmacological Action].

The Full format displays the substance terms that have been assigned the Pharmacological Action term:

Food Preservatives [Pharmacological Action]

  • allyl isothiocyanate (Supplementary Concept)
  • Benzoic Acid (MeSH Term)
  • juglone (Supplementary Concept)
  • Nisin (MeSH Term)
  • octyl gallate (Supplementary Concept)
  • Parabens (MeSH Term)
  • purpurogallin (Supplementary Concept)
  • Sodium Benzoate (MeSH Term)
  • Sodium Nitrite (MeSH Term)
  • Sorbic Acid (MeSH Term)

Note: In the MeSH Database, items marked Substance Name are Supplementary Concept Records. When searching PubMed, a search of substance name [nm] will retrieve both Supplementary Concepts and MeSH terms, not exploded.

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