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Returns a list of Complete ChEBI entities. ChEBI data are parsed as data.frames ("properties", "chebiid_snd", "synonyms", "iupacnames", "formulae", "regnumbers", "citations", "dblinks", "parents", "children", "comments", "origins") or as a list ("chem_structure") in the list. The SOAP protocol is used


chebi_comp_entity(chebiid, verbose = getOption("verbose"), ...)



character; search term (i.e. chebiid).


logical; should a verbose output be printed on the console?


optional arguments


returns a list of data.frames or lists containing a complete ChEBI entity


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if (FALSE) {
# might fail if API is not available

# multiple inputs
comp <- c('CHEBI:27744', 'CHEBI:27744')