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Medical Term:

International Classification of Diseases

Pronunciation: in'ter-na'shun-al klas'i-fi-ka'shun dis-ez-es

Definition: The classification of specific conditions and groups of conditions determined by an internationally representative expert committee that advises the World Health Organization, which publishes the complete list in a periodically revised book, the Manual of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death. The Tenth Revision (ICD-10) came into use in 1992; it has 20 chapters, each with a hierarchical arrangement of subdivisions (rubrics); some chapters are etiologic, some relate to body systems, some to classes of conditions, and some to procedures.

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