Bio::DB::MeSH - Term retrieval from a Web MeSH database
my $mesh = Bio::DB::MeSH->new(); my $term = $mesh->get_exact_term('Butter'); print $term->description;
This class retrieves a term from the Medical Subject Headings database by the National Library of Medicine of USA. See http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html.
By default, web access uses WWW::Mechanize, but in its absense falls back to bioperl module Bio::WebAgent which is a subclass of LWP::UserAgent. If not even that is not installed, it uses Bio::Root::HTTPget.
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The rest of the documentation details each of the object methods. Internal methods are usually preceded with a _
Title : get_exact_term Usage : $s = $db->get_exact_term($value); Function: Retrive a single MeSH term using a unique ID or exact name. Example : Returns : a Bio::Phenotype::MeSH::Term object Args : scalar, UID or name of a MeSH term
The returned term object contains information about the immediate vincinity of the term in the terminology hierarchy. See Bio::Phenotype::MeSH::Twig.