MED Lookups with Full Regular Expression Searching: A-War Only

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Full regular expression searching: It is possible to use wildcard characters as you do in egrep expressions. * + ? are all modifiers of the preceding character or expression, and ( ) can be used to group things for alteration to arbitrary (within reason) nesting.

For example:

tak "tak" anywhere in the form stak, stakeren, tak, taket, thistel-tak, etc.
^tak$ the beginning of a form, followed by "tak", and the end of the form tak
tak$ "tak" at the end of a form psitak, stak, tak, thistel-tak
t[aeiou]k "tak", "tek", "tik", "tok", "tuk", anywhere in a form paletik, pot-stikke, puttok, reumatik, etc.
tr(ai|ea|ee|ou)n "train", "trean", "treen", or "troun" anywhere in a form quistro hacekun, traine, tre macronen, etc.
t.*aunce "t" followed by zero or more of any character then "aunce" anywhere in a form pastaunce, repentauncer, staunce, trauncen, etc.
th.+d "th" followed by one or more characters, then a "d" anywhere in a form spothed, thenneward, therfed, thrudden, etc.
th.?g "th" followed by one or zero characters, then a "g" prothogol, thiggen, thogth, etc.

Combinations of these above are also possible:

^tr[aeiou]+t$ "tr" followed by one or more of any of a, e, i, o, or u, and then t, as the complete form (anchored at beginning and end) trait, trot, tro hacekut,
qu(e)*(n)+ "qu" followed by zero or more "e" followed by one or more "n" anywhere in a form persequent, quench, que macronne, squenchen, etc.
m(ai|ae|a|e)ne?$ words ending in "m" followed by one of "ai", "ae", "a", or "e", followed by "n", followed by zero or one "e" permain, Pigmaine, regimen, spatimene, travailinge-man, etc.

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