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Descriptor English: Asia
Descriptor Spanish: Asia
Descriptor Portuguese: Ásia
Descriptor French: Asie
Entry term(s): Asie du Sud
Tree number(s): Z01.252
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D001208
Scope note: The largest of the continents. It was known to the Romans more specifically as what we know today as Asia Minor. The name comes from at least two possible sources: from the Assyrian asu (to rise) or from the Sanskrit usa (dawn), both with reference to its being the land of the rising sun, i.e., eastern as opposed to Europe, to the west. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p82 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p34)
Annotation: several geog subdivisions & all Asiatic countries are available as headings
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnologie
EP épidémiologie
DeCS ID: 1215
Unique ID: D001208
Documents indexed in the Virtual Health Library (VHL): Click here to access the VHL documents
Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 1996/06/10
Asie - Preferred
Concept UI M0001805
Preferred term Asie
Asie du Sud - Narrower
Concept UI M0001806
Preferred term Asie du Sud



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