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2016 MeSH in XML formatMeSH descriptors, qualifiers, Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs), and Substances with Pharmacological Action in XML format. Files are updated nightly (Monday-Friday). Annual changes to MeSH data are listed below:
2016 MeSH in ASCII format MeSH descriptors and qualifiers, and Supplementary Concept Records (formerly Supplementary Chemical Records), in ASCII format. Files are updated nightly (Monday-Friday). Note that subfield separator for descriptor entry terms has been changed from a colon to a bar (|) in order to make it easier to parse terms containing colons.