International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision

The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), is published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a comprehensive system of identification and classification of all known diseases and disorders. The ICD-10, available in more than 43 languages, is used around the world to identify and diagnose diseases, as an aid to health management. It facilitates the reporting and recording of diseases for epidemiological and public health purposes and the tracking of morbidity and mortality. This entry first provides an overview of the history of the ICD, reviews the ICD codes for intellectual and developmental disorders, and briefly discusses plans for an 11th revision.


The WHO was created by the United Nations on April 7, 1948, as the directing and coordinating authority on global health ...

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