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Creates a new custom medical vocabulary.

Prior to creating a new medical vocabulary, you must first upload a text file that contains your new entries, phrases, and terms into an Amazon S3 bucket. Note that this differs from , where you can include a list of terms within your request using the Phrases flag; CreateMedicalVocabulary does not support the Phrases flag.

Each language has a character set that contains all allowed characters for that specific language. If you use unsupported characters, your vocabulary request fails. Refer to Character Sets for Custom Vocabularies to get the character set for your language.

For more information, see Creating a custom vocabulary .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--vocabulary-name <value>
--language-code <value>
--vocabulary-file-uri <value>
[--tags <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--vocabulary-name (string)

A unique name, chosen by you, for your new custom medical vocabulary.

This name is case sensitive, cannot contain spaces, and must be unique within an Amazon Web Services account. If you try to create a new medical vocabulary with the same name as an existing medical vocabulary, you get a ConflictException error.

--language-code (string)

The language code that represents the language of the entries in your custom vocabulary. US English (en-US ) is the only language supported with Amazon Transcribe Medical.

Possible values:

  • af-ZA
  • ar-AE
  • ar-SA
  • cy-GB
  • da-DK
  • de-CH
  • de-DE
  • en-AB
  • en-AU
  • en-GB
  • en-IE
  • en-IN
  • en-US
  • en-WL
  • es-ES
  • es-US
  • fa-IR
  • fr-CA
  • fr-FR
  • ga-IE
  • gd-GB
  • he-IL
  • hi-IN
  • id-ID
  • it-IT
  • ja-JP
  • ko-KR
  • ms-MY
  • nl-NL
  • pt-BR
  • pt-PT
  • ru-RU
  • ta-IN
  • te-IN
  • tr-TR
  • zh-CN
  • zh-TW
  • th-TH
  • en-ZA
  • en-NZ

--vocabulary-file-uri (string)

The Amazon S3 location (URI) of the text file that contains your custom medical vocabulary. The URI must be in the same Amazon Web Services Region as the resource you're calling.

Here's an example URI path: s3://DOC-EXAMPLE-BUCKET/my-vocab-file.txt

--tags (list)

Adds one or more custom tags, each in the form of a key:value pair, to a new medical vocabulary at the time you create this new vocabulary.

To learn more about using tags with Amazon Transcribe, refer to Tagging resources .


Adds metadata, in the form of a key:value pair, to the specified resource.

For example, you could add the tag Department:Sales to a resource to indicate that it pertains to your organization's sales department. You can also use tags for tag-based access control.

To learn more about tagging, see Tagging resources .

Key -> (string)

The first part of a key:value pair that forms a tag associated with a given resource. For example, in the tag Department:Sales , the key is 'Department'.

Value -> (string)

The second part of a key:value pair that forms a tag associated with a given resource. For example, in the tag Department:Sales , the value is 'Sales'.

Note that you can set the value of a tag to an empty string, but you can't set the value of a tag to null. Omitting the tag value is the same as using an empty string.

Shorthand Syntax:

Key=string,Value=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "string",
    "Value": "string"

--cli-input-json (string) Performs service operation based on the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, the CLI values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


To create a medical custom vocabulary

The following create-medical-vocabulary example creates a custom vocabulary. To create a custom vocabulary, you must have created a text file with all the terms that you want to transcribe more accurately. For vocabulary-file-uri, specify the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) URI of that text file. For language-code, specify a language code corresponding to the language of your custom vocabulary. For vocabulary-name, specify what you want to call your custom vocabulary.

aws transcribe create-medical-vocabulary \
    --vocabulary-name cli-medical-vocab-example \
    --language-code language-code \


    "VocabularyName": "cli-medical-vocab-example",
    "LanguageCode": "language-code",
    "VocabularyState": "PENDING"

For more information, see Medical Custom Vocabularies in the Amazon Transcribe Developer Guide.


VocabularyName -> (string)

The name you chose for your custom medical vocabulary.

LanguageCode -> (string)

The language code you selected for your medical vocabulary. US English (en-US ) is the only language supported with Amazon Transcribe Medical.

VocabularyState -> (string)

The processing state of your custom medical vocabulary. If the state is READY , you can use the vocabulary in a StartMedicalTranscriptionJob request.

LastModifiedTime -> (timestamp)

The date and time you created your custom medical vocabulary.

Timestamps are in the format YYYY-MM-DD'T'HH:MM:SS.SSSSSS-UTC . For example, 2022-05-04T12:32:58.761000-07:00 represents 12:32 PM UTC-7 on May 4, 2022.

FailureReason -> (string)

If VocabularyState is FAILED , FailureReason contains information about why the medical transcription job request failed. See also: Common Errors .