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"Handwashing" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

MeSH information
The act of cleansing the hands with water or other liquid, with or without the inclusion of soap or other detergent, for the purpose of removing soil or microorganisms.

This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Handwashing" by people in the URMC Research Network by year, and whether "Handwashing" was a major or minor topic of these publication.