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2.10: Learn Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy
Let’s wrap up this vocabulary review with a look at some of the most common surgical procedures. Since it’s always imperative to list where on the body a surgical procedure was performed, these vocabulary terms are a small but useful addition to this section. Memorize this medical terminology suffixes list and you’ll know instantly what kind of procedure was performed, even if you don’t know exactly what the procedure did.
Puncture a cavity to remove fluid
Surgical removal or excision
A new permanent opening
Cutting into, incision
Surgical repair or suture
Crushing or destroying
Note that you can also use your CPT manual to study human anatomy vocabulary. Current CPT manuals come with instructive illustrations, diagrams, and charts all throughout the book, including a medical terminology abbreviations list. In the front of the CPT manual, you should be able to find a list of anatomical illustrations. Bookmark this page and refer to it in case you’re looking for an illustration of the eye or inner ear, or need to remember which artery goes where. Also, be sure to download our ebook for more detailed tables on medical terminology.
In the next section, find our medical terminology abbreviations list.
Video: Learn Medical Terminology and Human Anatomy
Working in medical coding involves becoming fluent in medical terminology, and this video will show you how. Our complete medical terminology list will help you learn some of the most common anatomical and surgical terms by looking at prefixes, suffixes, and roots.
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