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MEDLINE is an online database of life sciences and human biological information. The database includes bibliographical data regarding medicines, surgery, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, biochemistry, pharmacology and community medical science. The online databank consists of journals and past works of researchers for academic and research purposes.
MEDLINE is a portmanteau of MEDLARS Online, which is short for Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online. The bibliographical information is arranged in categories such as medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine and health care. It also covers literature such as journals, research papers and reports on emerging fields of biological sciences such as biochemistry, microbiology and molecular evolution.
The online library is especially used for academic exploration and research.