Use the MeSH Database to Find Your Term
If your term doesn't map, or even if it does, it's generally a good idea to search the MeSH Database to understand how your concept is represented in the vocabulary.
A couple of search options:
- Components of the name
If, for example, all you have is a systematic name, try searching the MeSH Database using components of the name.
Example: alpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid
- Unique identifier
Drugs and chemicals may also be searched in the MeSH database (or in PubMed) using their FDA Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII), EC number from the Enzyme Nomenclature, or Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) registry number.
Note: Not all records for chemicals in the MeSH database have registry number data. See more information on these numbers from the MEDLINE/PubMed Data Element Descriptions.
The video illustrates the directions that are on this page.
This video can be seen directly at //www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/drugs/videos/ampa.mp4
The captions are available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/drugs/videos/ampa.srt
Last Reviewed: July 25, 2018