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Sperm Whale MeSH Descriptor Data 2024


MeSH Heading
Sperm Whale
Tree Number(s)
B01.050.150.900.649.313.875.865.750
Unique ID
D050661
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D050661
Annotation
do not confuse with the Pygmy Sperm Whale or Dwarf Sperm Whale = WHALES
Scope Note
The species Physeter catodon (also called Physeter macrocephalus), in the family Physeteridae. The common name is derived from the milky wax substance in its head (spermaceti). The species also produces an intestinal secretion AMBERGRIS, which was previously used in perfumes. The sperm whale is the largest toothed MAMMAL in the world.
Entry Term(s)
Physeter catodon
Physeter macrocephalus
Previous Indexing
Cetacea (1965-2005)
Whales (1974-2005)
See Also
Ambergris
Public MeSH Note
2006; see WHALES 1998-2005
History Note
2006; use WHALES 1998-2005
Date Established
2006/01/01
Date of Entry
2005/06/30
Revision Date
2020/08/13
Sperm Whale Preferred
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