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FAQ: PubMed - Where the Name Came From

Question: What does the name PubMed stand for?


When we came up with the name PubMed, we were not trying to use an acronym or an abbreviation. However, we can say that:

  • the 'Med' part of the name refers to the MEDLINE database, which is what PubMed searches
  • the 'Pub' part of the name can be thought of as either public (since PubMed is the free version of MEDLINE) or as publisher (since PubMed includes links to publisher web sites).

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