DEFINITION 1: A word or phrase used as a label to describe or classify; a term used to identify or locate a file or specific data.
SOURCE: Webster’s New World College Dictionary. Wiley Publ. Inc., Cleveland, Ohio, 2010
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DEFINITION 2: A word, phrase, or alphanumeric character used to identify an item in an information storage and retrieval system (In Computer Science).
SOURCE: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English language, 4th ed., 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publ. Company, USA
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COMMENT: It is important to stress the difference between key words and descriptors. The first does not obey any structure; it is random and removed from free language texts. For a key word to become a descriptor, it must pass through a rigid control of synonyms, meaning and importance in the structural hierarchy of a determined subject.
SOURCE: Brandau, Ricardo; Monteiro, Rosangela and Braille, Domingo M., Importance of the correct use of descriptors in scientific articles. Rev Bras Cir Cardiovasc [online]. 2005, vol.20, 1, pp.VII-IX.ISSN0102-7638.
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