HL7 Terminology
1.0.0 - Publication

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Defining URL:http://terminology.hl7.org/ValueSet/v3-materialForm

A value representing the state (solid, liquid, gas) and nature of the material.

OID:2.16.840.1.113883.1.11.19651 (for OID based terminology systems)
Source Resource:XML / JSON / Turtle


This value set is not used

Content Logical Definition

Logical Definition (CLD)

This value set includes codes based on the following rules:



This value set contains 152 concepts

All codes from system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v3-orderableDrugForm

_GasDrugFormGasDrugFormAny elastic aeriform fluid in which the molecules are separated from one another and have free paths.
GASINHLGas for Inhalation
BAINHLBreath Activated Inhaler
INHLSOLInhalant Solution
MDINHLMetered Dose Inhaler
NASSPRYNasal Spray
DERMSPRYDermal Spray
FOAMAPLFoam with Applicator
RECFORMRectal foam
VAGFOAMVaginal foam
VAGFOAMAPLVaginal foam with applicator
RECSPRYRectal Spray
VAGSPRYVaginal Spray
BAINHLPWDBreath Activated Powder Inhaler
INHLPWDInhalant Powder
MDINHLPWDMetered Dose Powder Inhaler
NASINHLNasal Inhalant
ORINHLOral Inhalant
PWDSPRYPowder Spray
SPRYADAPTSpray with Adaptor
_LiquidLiquidA state of substance that is an intermediate one entered into as matter goes from solid to gas; liquids are also intermediate in that they have neither the orderliness of a crystal nor the randomness of a gas. (Note: This term should not be used to describe solutions, only pure chemicals in their liquid state.)
LIQCLNLiquid Cleanser
LIQSOAPMedicated Liquid Soap
SHMPShampooA liquid soap or detergent used to clean the hair and scalp and is often used as a vehicle for dermatologic agents.
OILOilAn unctuous, combustible substance which is liquid, or easily liquefiable, on warming, and is soluble in ether but insoluble in water. Such substances, depending on their origin, are classified as animal, mineral, or vegetable oils.
TOPOILTopical Oil
SOLSolutionA liquid preparation that contains one or more chemical substances dissolved, i.e., molecularly dispersed, in a suitable solvent or mixture of mutually miscible solvents.
NDROPNasal Drops
OPDROPOphthalmic Drops
ORDROPOral Drops
OTDROPOtic Drops
IPSOLIntraperitoneal Solution
IRSOLIrrigation SolutionA sterile solution intended to bathe or flush open wounds or body cavities; they're used topically, never parenterally.
DOUCHEDoucheA liquid preparation, intended for the irrigative cleansing of the vagina, that is prepared from powders, liquid solutions, or liquid concentrates and contains one or more chemical substances dissolved in a suitable solvent or mutually miscible solvents.
ENEMAEnemaA rectal preparation for therapeutic, diagnostic, or nutritive purposes.
OPIRSOLOphthalmic Irrigation Solution
IVSOLIntravenous Solution
ORALSOLOral Solution
ELIXIRElixirA clear, pleasantly flavored, sweetened hydroalcoholic liquid containing dissolved medicinal agents; it is intended for oral use.
RINSEMouthwash/RinseAn aqueous solution which is most often used for its deodorant, refreshing, or antiseptic effect.
SYRUPSyrupAn oral solution containing high concentrations of sucrose or other sugars; the term has also been used to include any other liquid dosage form prepared in a sweet and viscid vehicle, including oral suspensions.
RECSOLRectal Solution
TOPSOLTopical Solution
LINLinimentA solution or mixture of various substances in oil, alcoholic solutions of soap, or emulsions intended for external application.
MUCTOPSOLMucous Membrane Topical Solution
_LiquidLiquidEmulsionLiquidLiquidEmulsionA two-phase system in which one liquid is dispersed throughout another liquid in the form of small droplets.
CRMCreamA semisolid dosage form containing one or more drug substances dissolved or dispersed in a suitable base; more recently, the term has been restricted to products consisting of oil-in-water emulsions or aqueous microcrystalline dispersions of long chain fatty acids or alcohols that are water washable and more cosmetically and aesthetically acceptable.
NASCRMNasal Cream
OPCRMOphthalmic Cream
ORCRMOral Cream
OTCRMOtic Cream
RECCRMRectal Cream
TOPCRMTopical Cream
VAGCRMVaginal Cream
VAGCRMAPLVaginal Cream with Applicator
LTNLotionThe term "lotion" has been used to categorize many topical suspensions, solutions and emulsions intended for application to the skin.
TOPLTNTopical Lotion
OINTOintmentA semisolid preparation intended for external application to the skin or mucous membranes.
NASOINTNasal Ointment
OINTAPLOintment with Applicator
OPOINTOphthalmic Ointment
OTOINTOtic Ointment
RECOINTRectal Ointment
TOPOINTTopical Ointment
VAGOINTVaginal Ointment
VAGOINTAPLVaginal Ointment with Applicator
_LiquidSolidSuspensionLiquidSolidSuspensionA liquid preparation which consists of solid particles dispersed throughout a liquid phase in which the particles are not soluble.
GELGelA semisolid system consisting of either suspensions made up of small inorganic particles or large organic molecules interpenetrated by a liquid.
GELAPLGel with Applicator
OPGELOphthalmic Gel
TOPGELTopical Gel
URETHGELUrethral Gel
VAGGELVaginal Gel
VGELAPLVaginal Gel with Applicator
PASTEPasteA semisolid dosage form that contains one or more drug substances intended for topical application.
TPASTEToothpasteA paste formulation intended to clean and/or polish the teeth, and which may contain certain additional agents.
ITSUSPIntrathecal Suspension
OPSUSPOphthalmic Suspension
ORSUSPOral Suspension
ERSUSPExtended-Release Suspension
ERSUSP1212 Hour Extended-Release Suspension
ERSUSP2424 Hour Extended Release Suspension
OTSUSPOtic Suspension
RECSUSPRectal Suspension
MEDBARMedicated Bar Soap
CHEWBARChewable BarA solid dosage form usually in the form of a rectangle that is meant to be chewed.
BEADBeadsA solid dosage form in the shape of a small ball.
CEMENTCementA substance that serves to produce solid union between two surfaces.
CRYSCrystalsA naturally produced angular solid of definite form in which the ultimate units from which it is built up are systematically arranged; they are usually evenly spaced on a regular space lattice.
DISKDiskA circular plate-like organ or structure.
GRANGranulesA small particle or grain.
GUMChewingGumA sweetened and flavored insoluble plastic material of various shapes which when chewed, releases a drug substance into the oral cavity.
MEDPADMedicated Pad
PATCHPatchA drug delivery system that contains an adhesived backing and that permits its ingredients to diffuse from some portion of it (e.g., the backing itself, a reservoir, the adhesive, or some other component) into the body from the external site where it is applied.
TPATCHTransdermal Patch
TPATH1616 Hour Transdermal Patch
TPATH2424 Hour Transdermal Patch
TPATH2WKBiweekly Transdermal Patch
TPATH7272 Hour Transdermal Patch
TPATHWKWeekly Transdermal Patch
PELLETPelletA small sterile solid mass consisting of a highly purified drug (with or without excipients) made by the formation of granules, or by compression and molding.
PILLPillA small, round solid dosage form containing a medicinal agent intended for oral administration.
CAPCapsuleA solid dosage form in which the drug is enclosed within either a hard or soft soluble container or "shell" made from a suitable form of gelatin.
ORCAPOral Capsule
ENTCAPEnteric Coated Capsule
ERENTCAPExtended Release Enteric Coated Capsule
ERCAPExtended Release CapsuleA solid dosage form in which the drug is enclosed within either a hard or soft soluble container made from a suitable form of gelatin, and which releases a drug (or drugs) in such a manner to allow a reduction in dosing frequency as compared to that drug (or drugs) presented as a conventional dosage form.
ERCAP1212 Hour Extended Release Capsule
ERCAP2424 Hour Extended Release Capsule
ERECCAPExtended Release Enteric Coated Capsule*Rationale:* Duplicate of code ERENTCAP. Use code ERENTCAP instead.
TABTabletA solid dosage form containing medicinal substances with or without suitable diluents.
ORTABOral Tablet
BUCTABBuccal Tablet
SRBUCTABSustained Release Buccal Tablet
CHEWTABChewable TabletA solid dosage form containing medicinal substances with or without suitable diluents that is intended to be chewed, producing a pleasant tasting residue in the oral cavity that is easily swallowed and does not leave a bitter or unpleasant after-taste.
CPTABCoated Particles Tablet
DISINTABDisintegrating TabletA solid dosage form containing medicinal substances which disintegrates rapidly, usually within a matter of seconds, when placed upon the tongue.
DRTABDelayed Release Tablet
ECTABEnteric Coated Tablet
ERECTABExtended Release Enteric Coated Tablet
ERTABExtended Release TabletA solid dosage form containing a drug which allows at least a reduction in dosing frequency as compared to that drug presented in conventional dosage form.
ERTAB1212 Hour Extended Release Tablet
ERTAB2424 Hour Extended Release Tablet
ORTROCHELozenge/Oral TrocheA solid preparation containing one or more medicaments, usually in a flavored, sweetened base which is intended to dissolve or disintegrate slowly in the mouth.
SLTABSublingual Tablet
VAGTABVaginal Tablet
POWDPowderAn intimate mixture of dry, finely divided drugs and/or chemicals that may be intended for internal or external use.
TOPPWDTopical Powder
RECPWDRectal Powder
VAGPWDVaginal Powder
SUPPSuppositoryA solid body of various weights and shapes, adapted for introduction into the rectal, vaginal, or urethral orifice of the human body; they usually melt, soften, or dissolve at body temperature.
RECSUPPRectal Suppository
URETHSUPPUrethral suppository
VAGSUPPVaginal Suppository
SWABSwabA wad of absorbent material usually wound around one end of a small stick and used for applying medication or for removing material from an area.
MEDSWABMedicated swab
WAFERWaferA thin slice of material containing a medicinal agent.

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Level A few code lists that FHIR defines are hierarchical - each code is assigned a level. In this scheme, some codes are under other codes, and imply that the code they are under also applies
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