Suffixes Used in Medical Coding/Billing
The terms you encounter in the medical coding/billing world have to end somehow, and that happens with a suffix, which has a special meaning all its own. Knowing their meanings are essential to a medical coder or biller’s job. Suffixes describe condition or action.
For example, -scopy means to use an instrument to view. Therefore, you know that the word arthroscopy refers to looking into the joint with a scope (the prefix arthro- refers to the joint), and bronchoscopy refers to looking into the airway (bronch– means “air”) with a scope.
Here are listed common suffixes and their meanings.
|-asis||Condition or state of||-pathy||Disease|
|-coele||Swelling or cavity||-pexy||Fixation|
|-emia||Blood condition||-plasia||Formation or development|
|-gram||A recording||-rhaphy||Surgical suture repair|
|-graph||A recording instrument||-scopy||Use of an instrument for viewing|