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A termbase, or term base (a contraction of terminology and database), is a database consisting of concept-oriented terminological entries (or ‘concepts’) and related information, usually in multilingual format. Entries may include any of the following additional information:

  • a definition;
  • source or context of the term;
  • subject area, domain, or industry;
  • grammatical information (verb, noun, etc.);
  • notes;
  • usage label (figurative, American English, formal, etc.);
  • author (‘created by’),
  • creation/modification date (‘created/modified at’);
  • verification status (‘verified’ or ‘approved’ terms), and
  • an ID.

A termbase allows for the systematic management of approved or verified terms and is a powerful tool for promoting consistency in terminology.

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