Uberon is a multi-species ontology containing a rich graph representation of anatomy across animals. Uberon covers anatomical structures ranging from whole organ systems through to microscopic structures. It is integrated with the cell type ontology.

The majority of classes in Uberon represent vertebrate structures. Uberon is federated with multiple other anatomy ontologies.

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