Medical procedure

A medical procedure is a course of action intended to achieve a result in the delivery of healthcare.

A medical procedure with the intention of determining, measuring, or diagnosing a patient condition or parameter is also called a medical test. Other common kinds of procedures are therapeutic (i.e.,


  • "An activity directed at or performed on an individual with the object of improving health, treating disease or injury, or making a diagnosis."[1]
  • "The act or conduct of diagnosis, treatment, or operation."[2]
  • "A series of steps by which a desired result is accomplished."[3]
  • "The sequence of steps to be followed in establishing some course of action."[4]

List of medical procedures







See also


  1. International Dictionary of Medicine and Biology, Page 2297. ISBN 0-471-01849-X
  2. Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 27th ed. Page 1446. ISBN 0-683-40007-X
  3. Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 28th ed. Page 1353. ISBN 0-7216-2859-1
  4. Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary, Page 1278. ISBN 0-8016-7225-2
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