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CodeSystem: specimenType

Official URL: http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0487 Version: 2.0.0
Active as of 2019-12-01 Responsible: Health Level Seven International Computable Name: SpecimenType
Other Identifiers: urn:ietf:rfc:3986#Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)#urn:oid:2.16.840.1.113883.18.311

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HL7-defined code system of concepts that describe the precise nature of an entity that may be used as the source material for an observation. This is one of two code systems that are used instead of table 0070 (code system 2.16.840.1.113883.18.28) which conflated specimen types and specimen collection methods. Used in HL7 Version 2.x messaging in the SPM segment.

Underlying Master Code System for V2 table 0487 (Specimen Type)

This Code system is referenced in the content logical definition of the following value sets:


This code system defines the following properties for its concepts

statushttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#statuscodeStatus of the concept
deprecatedhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v2-table-deprecatedcodeVersion of HL7 in which the code was deprecated
v2-concCommenthttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v2-concCommentstringV2 Concept Comment
v2-concCommentAsPubhttp://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/utg-concept-properties#v2-concCommentAsPubstringV2 Concept Comment As Published


This case-sensitive code system http://terminology.hl7.org/CodeSystem/v2-0487 defines the following codes in a Is-A heirarchy:

CodeDisplayDefinitiondeprecatedV2 Concept CommentV2 Concept Comment As PublishedDeutsch (German, de)
ABS AbscessAbscessAbszeß
... No suggested valuesNo suggested values2.9keine Werte vorgeschlagen
ACNE Tissue, AcneTissue, AcneTissueTissue
ACNFLD Fluid, AcneFluid, AcneFluidFluid
AIRS Air SampleAir SampleEnvironmentEnvironment
ALL AllograftAllograftTissueTissue
AMN Amniotic fluidAmniotic fluid
AMP AmputationAmputationTissueTissue
ANGI Catheter Tip, AngioCatheter Tip, AngioDeviceDevice
ARTC Catheter Tip, ArterialCatheter Tip, ArterialDeviceDevice
ASERU Serum, AcuteSerum, AcuteBloodBlood
ASP AspirateAspirate
ATTE Environment, AttestEnvironment, AttestEnvironmentEnvironment
AUTOA Environmental, Autoclave AmpuleEnvironmental, Autoclave AmpuleEnvironmentEnvironment
AUTOC Environmental, Autoclave CapsuleEnvironmental, Autoclave CapsuleEnvironmentEnvironment
AUTP AutopsyAutopsyTissueTissue
BBL Blood bagBlood bagBloodBlood
BCYST Cyst, Baker'sCyst, Baker'sConditionCondition
BDY Whole bodyWhole bodyBody submitted for autopsy / carcass submittedBody submitted for autopsy / carcass submitted
BIFL Bile FluidBile Fluid
BITE BiteBiteConditionsConditions
BLD Whole bloodWhole blood
BLDA Blood arterialBlood arterial
BLDCO Cord bloodCord blood
BLDV Blood venousBlood venous
BLEB BlebBlebCondition, Fluid/TissueCondition, Fluid/Tissue
BLIST BlisterBlisterCondition, Fluid/TissueCondition, Fluid/Tissue
BOIL BoilBoilConditionCondition
BON BoneBone
BOWL Bowel contentsBowel contentsConditionCondition
BPH BasophilsBasophils
BPU Blood product unitBlood product unitBloodBlood
BRN BurnBurn
BRSH BrushBrushProduct; Brush or brushing (these may be 2 separate entries as in a physical brush or a portion thereof vs the substance obtained after a surface has been brushed)Product; Brush or brushing (these may be 2 separate entries as in a physical brush or a portion thereof vs the substance obtained after a surface has been brushed)
BRTH Breath (use EXHLD)Breath (use EXHLD)
BRUS BrushingBrushingProductProduct
BUB BuboBuboConditionCondition
BULLA Bulla/BullaeBulla/BullaeConditionCondition
BX BiopsyBiopsyTissueTissue
CALC Calculus (=Stone)Calculus (=Stone)
BONE BoneBone2.9
CARBU CarbuncleCarbuncleConditionCondition
CAT CatheterCatheterDeviceDevice
CBITE Bite, CatBite, CatConditionsConditions
CDM Cardiac muscleCardiac muscle
CLIPP ClippingsClippingsConditionCondition
CNJT ConjunctivaConjunctiva
CNL CannulaCannula
COL ColostrumColostrum
CONE Biospy, ConeBiospy, ConeTissueTissue
CSCR Scratch, CatScratch, CatConditionCondition
CSERU Serum, ConvalescentSerum, ConvalescentBloodBlood
CSF Cerebral spinal fluidCerebral spinal fluid
CSITE Catheter Insertion SiteCatheter Insertion SiteDeviceDevice
CSMY Fluid, Cystostomy TubeFluid, Cystostomy TubeFluidFluid
CST Fluid, CystFluid, CystFluidFluid
CSVR Blood, Cell SaverBlood, Cell SaverTransfusionTransfusion
CTP Catheter tipCatheter tipDeviceDevice
CUR CurretageCurretageUterine specimen obtained by curettage = CurrettingsUterine specimen obtained by curettage = Currettings
CVM Cervical MucusCervical Mucus
CVPS Site, CVPSite, CVPSiteSite
CVPT Catheter Tip, CVPCatheter Tip, CVPDeviceDevice
CYN Nodule, CysticNodule, CysticConditionCondition
CYST CystCyst
DBITE Bite, DogBite, DogConditionsConditions
DCS Sputum, Deep CoughSputum, Deep CoughConditionCondition
DEC Ulcer, DecubitusUlcer, DecubitusConditionCondition
DEION Environmental, Water (Deionized)Environmental, Water (Deionized)EnvironmentEnvironment
DIA DialysateDialysateConditionCondition
DIAF Dialysis FluidDialysis FluidFluid used for dialysis - is a productFluid used for dialysis - is a product
DISCHG DischargeDischargeConditionCondition
DIV DiverticulumDiverticulumConditionCondition
DRN DrainDrainDeviceDevice
DRNG Drainage, TubeDrainage, TubeDeviceDevice
DRNGP Drainage, PenroseDrainage, PenroseConditionCondition
DUFL Duodenal fluidDuodenal fluid
EARW Ear wax (cerumen)Ear wax (cerumen)
EBRUSH Brush, EsophagealBrush, EsophagealProductProduct
EEYE Environmental, Eye WashEnvironmental, Eye WashEnvironmentEnvironment
EFF Environmental, EffluentEnvironmental, EffluentEnvironmentEnvironment
EFFUS EffusionEffusionConditionCondition
EFOD Environmental, FoodEnvironmental, FoodEnvironmentEnvironment
EISO Environmental, IsoletteEnvironmental, IsoletteEnvironmentEnvironment
ELT ElectrodeElectrode
ENVIR Environmental, Unidentified SubstanceEnvironmental, Unidentified SubstanceEnvironmentEnvironment
EOS EosinophilsEosinophils
EOTH Environmental, Other SubstanceEnvironmental, Other SubstanceEnvironment; (Substance is Known but not in code Table)Environment; (Substance is Known but not in code Table)
ESOI Environmental, SoilEnvironmental, SoilEnvironmentEnvironment
ESOS Environmental, Solution (Sterile)Environmental, Solution (Sterile)EnvironmentEnvironment
ETA Aspirate, EndotrachAspirate, EndotrachAspirateAspirate
ETTP Catheter Tip, EndotrachealCatheter Tip, EndotrachealDeviceDevice
ETTUB Tube, EndotrachealTube, EndotrachealDeviceDevice
EWHI Environmental, WhirlpoolEnvironmental, WhirlpoolEnvironmentEnvironment
EXG Gas, exhaled (=breath)Gas, exhaled (=breath)
EXS Shunt, ExternalShunt, ExternalConditionCondition
EXUDTE ExudateExudateConditionCondition
FAW Environmental, Water (Well)Environmental, Water (Well)EnvironmentEnvironment
FBLOOD Blood, FetalBlood, FetalBloodBlood
FGA Fluid, AbdomenFluid, AbdomenFluidFluid
FIB FibroblastsFibroblasts
FIST FistulaFistula
FLD Fluid, OtherFluid, OtherFluidFluid
FLT FilterFilter
FLU Fluid, Body unspFluid, Body unsp
FLUID FluidFluidFluidFluid
FOLEY Catheter Tip, FoleyCatheter Tip, FoleyDeviceDevice
FRS Fluid, RespiratoryFluid, RespiratoryFluidFluid
FSCLP Scalp, FetalScalp, FetalConditionCondition
FUR FuruncleFuruncleConditionCondition
GAS GasGas
GASA Aspirate, GastricAspirate, GastricAspirateAspirate
GASAN Antrum, GastricAntrum, GastricTissueTissue
GASBR Brushing, GastricBrushing, GastricProductProduct
GASD Drainage, GastricDrainage, GastricConditionCondition
GAST Fluid/contents, GastricFluid/contents, Gastric
GENL Genital lochiaGenital lochia
GENV Genital vaginalGenital vaginal
GRAFT GraftGraftConditionCondition
GRAFTS Graft SiteGraft SiteConditionCondition
GRANU GranulomaGranulomaConditionCondition
GROSH Catheter, GroshongCatheter, GroshongDeviceDevice
GSOL Solution, GastrostomySolution, GastrostomyProductProduct
GSPEC Biopsy, GastricBiopsy, GastricTissueTissue
GT Tube, GastricTube, GastricDeviceDevice
GTUBE Drainage Tube, Drainage (Gastrostomy)Drainage Tube, Drainage (Gastrostomy)ConditionCondition
HAR HairHair
HBITE Bite, HumanBite, HumanConditionsConditions
HBLUD Blood, AutopsyBlood, AutopsyBloodBlood
HEMAQ Catheter Tip, HemaquitCatheter Tip, HemaquitDeviceDevice
HEMO Catheter Tip, HemovacCatheter Tip, HemovacDeviceDevice
HERNI Tissue, HerniatedTissue, HerniatedTissueTissue
HEV Drain, HemovacDrain, HemovacDeviceDevice
HIC Catheter, HickmanCatheter, HickmanDeviceDevice
HYDC Fluid, HydroceleFluid, HydroceleFluidFluid
IBITE Bite, InsectBite, InsectConditionsConditions
ICYST Cyst, InclusionCyst, InclusionConditionCondition
IDC Catheter Tip, IndwellingCatheter Tip, IndwellingDeviceDevice
IHG Gas, InhaledGas, Inhaled
ILEO Drainage, IleostomyDrainage, IleostomyConditionCondition
ILLEG Source of Specimen Is IllegibleSource of Specimen Is Illegible
IMP ImplantImplantDeviceDevice
INCI Site, Incision/SurgicalSite, Incision/SurgicalSiteSite
INFIL InfiltrateInfiltrateConditionCondition
INS InsectInsectObjectObject
INTRD Catheter Tip, IntroducerCatheter Tip, IntroducerDeviceDevice
ISLT IsolateIsolate
IT Intubation tubeIntubation tube
IUD Intrauterine DeviceIntrauterine DeviceDevice (Common Usage)Device (Common Usage)
IVCAT Catheter Tip, IVCatheter Tip, IVDeviceDevice
IVFLD Fluid, IVFluid, IVFluidFluid
IVTIP Tubing Tip, IVTubing Tip, IVDeviceDevice
JEJU Drainage, JejunalDrainage, JejunalConditionCondition
JNTFLD Fluid, JointFluid, JointFluidFluid
JP Drainage, Jackson PrattDrainage, Jackson PrattConditionCondition
KELOI LavageLavageProductProduct
KIDFLD Fluid, KidneyFluid, KidneyFluidFluid
LAVG Lavage, BronhialLavage, BronhialProductProduct
LAVGG Lavage, GastricLavage, GastricProductProduct
LAVGP Lavage, PeritonealLavage, PeritonealProductProduct
LAVPG Lavage, Pre-BronchLavage, Pre-BronchProductProduct
LENS1 Contact LensContact LensDeviceDevice
LENS2 Contact Lens CaseContact Lens CaseDeviceDevice
LESN LesionLesionConditionCondition
LIQ Liquid, UnspecifiedLiquid, Unspecified
LIQO Liquid, OtherLiquid, Other
LNA Line arterialLine arterialArterial blood collected via arterial lineArterial blood collected via arterial line
LNV Line venousLine venousVenous blood collected via venous lineVenous blood collected via venous line
LSAC Fluid, Lumbar SacFluid, Lumbar SacFluidFluid
LYM LymphocytesLymphocytes
MAC MacrophagesMacrophages
MAHUR Catheter Tip, MakurkourCatheter Tip, MakurkourDeviceDevice
MAR MarrowMarrowBone marrowBone marrow
MASS MassMassConditionCondition
MBLD Blood, MenstrualBlood, MenstrualBloodBlood
MEC MeconiumMeconium
MILK Breast milkBreast milkMother's milk specimenMother's milk specimen
MLK MilkMilkFood specimenFood specimen
MUCOS MucosaMucosaConditionCondition
MUCUS MucusMucusConditionCondition
NAIL NailNailFinger or toe nail sampleFinger or toe nail sample
NASDR Drainage, NasalDrainage, NasalConditionCondition
NEDL NeedleNeedleDeviceDevice
NEPH Site, NephrostomySite, NephrostomySiteSite
NGASP Aspirate, NasogastricAspirate, NasogastricAspirateAspirate
NGAST Drainage, NasogastricDrainage, NasogastricConditionCondition
NGS Site, Naso/GastricSite, Naso/GastricSiteSite
NODUL Nodule(s)Nodule(s)ConditionCondition
NSECR Secretion, NasalSecretion, NasalConditionCondition
ORH OtherOther
ORL Lesion, OralLesion, OralCondition (Common Usage)Condition (Common Usage)
OTH Source, OtherSource, Other
PACEM PacemakerPacemakerDeviceDevice
PAFL Pancreatic fluidPancreatic fluid
PCFL Fluid, PericardialFluid, Pericardial
PDSIT Site, Peritoneal DialysisSite, Peritoneal DialysisSiteSite
PDTS Site, Peritoneal Dialysis TunnelSite, Peritoneal Dialysis TunnelSiteSite
PELVA Abscess, PelvicAbscess, PelvicConditionCondition
PENIL Lesion, PenileLesion, PenileCondition (Common Usage)Condition (Common Usage)
PERIA Abscess, PerianalAbscess, PerianalCondition, Abscess & Body PartCondition, Abscess & Body Part
PILOC Cyst, PilonidalCyst, PilonidalConditionCondition
PINS Site, PinSite, PinSiteSite
PIS Site, Pacemaker InsetionSite, Pacemaker InsetionSiteSite
PLAN Plant MaterialPlant MaterialObjectObject
PLAS PlasmaPlasmaBloodBlood
PLB Plasma bagPlasma bagBloodBlood
PLC PlacentaPlacenta
PLEVS Serum, Peak LevelSerum, Peak LevelBloodBlood
PLR Pleural fluid (thoracentesis fluid)Pleural fluid (thoracentesis fluid)
PMN Polymorphonuclear neutrophilsPolymorphonuclear neutrophils
PND Drainage, PenileDrainage, PenileConditionCondition
POL PolypsPolypsConditionCondition
POPGS Graft Site, PoplitealGraft Site, PoplitealConditionCondition
POPLG Graft, PoplitealGraft, PoplitealConditionCondition
POPLV Site, Popliteal VeinSite, Popliteal VeinSiteSite
PORTA Catheter, PortaCatheter, PortaDeviceDevice
PPP Plasma, Platelet poorPlasma, Platelet poorBloodBlood
PROST Prosthetic DeviceProsthetic DeviceDeviceDevice
PRP Plasma, Platelet richPlasma, Platelet richBloodBlood
PSC PseudocystPseudocystConditionCondition
PUNCT Wound, PunctureWound, PunctureConditionCondition
PUS PusPus
PUSFR PustulePustuleConditionCondition
PUST PusPusConditionCondition
QC3 Quality ControlQuality ControlEnvironmentEnvironment
RANDU Urine, RandomUrine, RandomConditionCondition
RBC ErythrocytesErythrocytes
RBITE Bite, ReptileBite, ReptileConditionsConditions
RECT Drainage, RectalDrainage, RectalConditionCondition
RECTA Abscess, RectalAbscess, RectalConditionCondition
RENALC Cyst, RenalCyst, RenalConditionCondition
RENC Fluid, Renal CystFluid, Renal CystFluidFluid
RES RespiratoryRespiratoryCondition (Ambiguous)Condition (Ambiguous)
SAL SalivaSaliva
SCAR Tissue, Keloid (Scar)Tissue, Keloid (Scar)TissueTissue
SCLV Catheter Tip, SubclavianCatheter Tip, SubclavianDeviceDevice
SCROA Abscess, ScrotalAbscess, ScrotalConditionCondition
SECRE Secretion(s)Secretion(s)Fluid/SecretionFluid/Secretion
SER SerumSerum
SHU Site, ShuntSite, ShuntSiteSite
SHUNF Fluid, ShuntFluid, ShuntFluidFluid
SHUNT ShuntShuntConditionCondition
SITE SiteSiteSiteSite
SKBP Biopsy, SkinBiopsy, SkinTissueTissue
SKN SkinSkin
SMM Mass, Sub-MandibularMass, Sub-MandibularConditionCondition
SMN Seminal fluidSeminal fluid
SNV Fluid, synovial (Joint fluid)Fluid, synovial (Joint fluid)
SPRM SpermatozoaSpermatozoa
SPRP Catheter Tip, SuprapubicCatheter Tip, SuprapubicDeviceDevice
SPRPB Cathether Tip, SuprapubicCathether Tip, SuprapubicDeviceDevice
SPS Environmental, Spore StripEnvironmental, Spore StripEnvironmentEnvironment
SPT SputumSputum
SPTC Sputum - coughedSputum - coughed
SPTT Sputum - tracheal aspirateSputum - tracheal aspirate
SPUT1 Sputum, SimulatedSputum, SimulatedConditionCondition
SPUTIN Sputum, InductedSputum, InductedConditionCondition
SPUTSP Sputum, SpontaneousSputum, SpontaneousConditionCondition
STER Environmental, SterradEnvironmental, SterradEnvironmentEnvironment
STL Stool = FecalStool = Fecal
STONE Stone, KidneyStone, KidneyConditionCondition
SUBMA Abscess, SubmandibularAbscess, SubmandibularConditionCondition
SUBMX Abscess, SubmaxillaryAbscess, SubmaxillaryConditionCondition
SUMP Drainage, SumpDrainage, SumpConditionCondition
SUP Suprapubic TapSuprapubic TapProductProduct
SUTUR SutureSutureObjectObject
SWGZ Catheter Tip, Swan GantzCatheter Tip, Swan GantzDeviceDevice
SWT SweatSweat
TASP Aspirate, TrachealAspirate, TrachealAspirateAspirate
TEAR TearsTears
THRB Thrombocyte (platelet)Thrombocyte (platelet)
TISS TissueTissue
TISU Tissue ulcerTissue ulcer
TLC Cathether Tip, Triple LumenCathether Tip, Triple LumenDeviceDevice
TRAC Site, TracheostomySite, TracheostomySiteSite
TRANS TransudateTransudateConditionCondition
TSERU Serum, TroughSerum, TroughBloodBlood
TSTES Abscess, TesticularAbscess, TesticularConditionCondition
TTRA Aspirate, TranstrachealAspirate, TranstrachealAspirateAspirate
TUBES TubesTubesDeviceDevice
TUMOR TumorTumorConditionCondition
TZANC Smear, TzanckSmear, Tzanck
UDENT Source, UnidentifiedSource, Unidentified
UMED Unknown MedicineUnknown Medicinefor forensic and possibly chemistry testingfor forensic and possibly chemistry testing
UR UrineUrine
URC Urine clean catchUrine clean catch
URINB Urine, Bladder WashingsUrine, Bladder WashingsConditionCondition
URINC Urine, CatheterizedUrine, CatheterizedConditionCondition
URINM Urine, MidstreamUrine, MidstreamConditionCondition
URINN Urine, NephrostomyUrine, NephrostomyConditionCondition
URINP Urine, PedibagUrine, PedibagDeviceDevice
URNS Urine sedimentUrine sediment
URT Urine catheterUrine catheter
USCOP Urine, CystoscopyUrine, CystoscopyConditionCondition
USPEC Source, UnspecifiedSource, Unspecified
USUB Unkown substanceUnkown substance
VASTIP Catheter Tip, VasCatheter Tip, VasDeviceDevice
VENT Catheter Tip, VentricularCatheter Tip, VentricularDeviceDevice
VITF Vitreous FluidVitreous Fluid
VOM VomitusVomitus
WASH WashWashProductProduct
WASI Washing, e.g. bronchial washingWashing, e.g. bronchial washingProductProduct
WAT WaterWater
WB Blood, WholeBlood, WholeBloodBlood
WBC LeukocytesLeukocytes
WEN WenWenTissueTissue
WICK WickWick
WND WoundWound
WNDA Wound abscessWound abscess
WNDD Wound drainageWound drainage
WNDE Wound exudateWound exudate
WORM WormWormObjectObject
WRT WartWartTissueTissue
WWA Environmental, WaterEnvironmental, WaterEnvironmentEnvironment
WWO Environmental, Water (Ocean)Environmental, Water (Ocean)
WWT Environmental, Water (Tap)Environmental, Water (Tap)EnvironmentEnvironment


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