Welcome to Medical terminology learning session!

As a beginner, if you are interested to learn medical coding, it is then absolutely necessary to start with the process of “Learning Medical terminology”. The only resource that you need to invest is your time and a “little effort” to achieve an efficient learning. This platform also helps coders who are in the initial phase of CPC exam preparation as the examination pattern would consists of few questions from the medical terminology.

Does learning medical terminology feel like a difficult task?

Definitely Not! It becomes easy if you use effective techniques to learn the terminologies. Medscore provides you a lot of examples so that you can learn it in an easy and efficient manner. Lets’ begin with the introduction of Medical terminology.

Medical terminology is a key to the clinical process and clinical documentation. It can be broken down into the following components.

PREFIX:

A prefix appears at the beginning of a word to adjust or qualify its meaning.

ROOT:

The main part or stem of a word is called a root word. It is the base of the word on which everything is built. To the root word, we can add an affix, or a component that modifies its meaning or creates a new word. The common affixes include prefixes, suffixes and combining forms.

SUFFIX:

A suffix is an element placed at the end of a word to adjust or qualify its meaning.

COMBINING FORM:

Combining forms are typically used to create combination medical terms. It contains combination vowels such as “o” or “I”. These vowels combine two word parts:

  • Between two root words
  • Between root word and suffix.

Example:

In this article, you can learn the suffix “Centesis” with appropriate examples. A lot of suffixes with relevant examples will be posted in the future posts. So stay connected!

Amniocentesis: A procedure for obtaining amniotic fluid by inserting a hollow needle through the abdominal wall and into the amniotic sac.

Example:

59000 Amniocentesis, diagnostic

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Arthrocentesis: A procedure in which a sterile needle and syringe are used to drain fluid from the joint.

Example:

20600 Arthrocentesis, aspiration and/or injection, small joint or bursa (eg, fingers, toes); without ultrasound guidance

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Cordocentesis: It is a diagnostic prenatal test in which a sample of the baby’s blood is removed from the umbilical cord for testing.

Example:

59012 Cordocentesis (intrauterine), any method

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Colpocentesis: Colpocentesis is the aspiration of fluid in the peritoneum through the wall of the vagina.

Example:

57020 Colpocentesis (separate procedure)

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Paracentesis: It is a procedure in which a needle or catheter is inserted into the peritoneal cavity to obtain ascitic fluid for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

Example:

49082 Abdominal paracentesis (diagnostic or therapeutic); without imaging guidance

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Pericardiocentesis: It is a procedure that uses a needle to remove fluid from the pericardial sac that surrounds the heart.

Example:

33016 Pericardiocentesis, including imaging guidance when performed

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Thoracentesis: It is a procedure to remove fluid from the space between the lining of the outside of the lungs (pleura) and the wall of the chest.

Example:

32554 Thoracentesis, needle or catheter, aspiration of the pleural space without imaging guidance

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Happy learning! Happy coding!

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