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ICD-9-CM

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signs
Objective evidence of disease observed by the physician, abnormal pulse,fever,sweatingor pallor
symptoms
Subjective evidense of a disease reported by the pt to the physician pain, dizziness,itching
[ ]
enclose synonyms alternative words, abbreviations or explanatory phrases
NOS
equals or means unspecified
:
incomplete term that needsone of the modifiers to make a code assignable
[ ]/slated
used in volume 2 to enclosed a code number that must be used with the code preceding it
NEC
used when a more specific code is not available ( means other)
italics
type face used for all exclusion notes
includes
further define or provide examples of a category or section
}
encloses a series of terms that are modified by the statement to the right or left
excludes
indicate conditions that are to coded\listed elsewhere
( )
encloses supplementary words and does not affect the code
Bold face
typeface used for all codesand titles in volume I
see category
directs coder to consult specific category in volume 1
nonessential modifiers
terms in paentheses that qre nonessentail
see
mandatory instruction, pointing to alternative terms
notes
follow terms to define and give further instruction
subterms
indented under main term and effects code selection
see also
direct coder to look under another term if all info is not found under the first term
eponym
disease/syndrome named for a person