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Abbreviations (Melinda Hanson)

aa (w/a line over it) of each
Ab abortion
abd abdomen
abs absent
ac before meals
ad lib as desired
admin administer
AM or a.m. before noon
amt amount
AP apical pulse
appt appointment
ASA acetylsalicylic acid
ASAP as soon as possible
BA backache
b/c because
BC birth control
bid twice a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BPM beats per minute
BS blood sugar
BSE breast self examination
c (w/a line over it) with
caps capsules
cath catheter
CC chief complaint
chemo chemo therapy
CMA(AAMA) certified medical assistant
c/o complains of
CS cesarean section
Cx cervix
d day
/d per day
d/c discontinue
D&I dry and intact
dil dilute
disch discharge
DNKA did not keep appointment
DOB date of birth
DOI date of injury
DRE digital rectal examination
DSD dry,
DTaP diphtheria and tetanus toxiods and cellular pertussis vaccine
D&V diarrhea and vomiting
DVA distance visual acuity
ea each
ED emergency department
approx approximately
EDD expected date of delivery
Fe iron
flex sig flexible sigmoidoscopy
freq frequent
F/U follow up
Fx fracture
GYN gynecology
h or hr hour
H/A headache
HBP high blood pressure
HC head circumference
Hep B hepatitis B vaccine
Hg mercury
H2O water
HR heart rate
HRT hormone replacement therapy
hs at bedtime
ht height
ID intradermal
IM intramuscular
IPV inactivated polio vaccine
IV intravenous
lab laboratory
lac laceration
lat lateral
lax laxative
LB lower back
LBP lower back pain
liq liquid
LMP last menstrual period
med medication
min minute
MMR measles, mumps, and rubella
mod moderate
N/A not applicable
NB newborn
N/C no complaints
neg negative
NH nursing home
NICU newborn intensive care unit
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NMP normal menstrual period
noct nocturnal
NS normal saline
N&V nausea and vomiting
NVA near visual acuity
NVD nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
OB obstetrics
occ occasionally
oint ointment
op operation
OR operating room
OT occupational therapy
OTC over the counter
OV office visit
P pulse
Pap paptest
path pathology
pc after meals
peds pediatrics
PEN penicillin
per by or through
pharm pharmacy
PM afternoon
PMS premenstrual syndrome
PO by mouth
pos positive
postop postoperative (after surgery)
preop preoperative
prep preparation
prn as needed
PT physical therapy, prothrombin time
pt or Pt patient
qd everyday
qh every hour
q(2,3,4)h every (2,3,4) hours
qid four times a day
qn every night
QNS quantity not sufficient
qod every other day
QS quantity sufficient
quad quadriplegic
R respiration
RE rectal examination
reg regular
rehab rehabilitation
RMA registered medical assistant
s (w/ a line over it) without
SC or SQ subcutaneous
S/E side effects
sec second
sigmoid sigmoidoscopy
sl slight
sm small
SOB shortness of breath
sol solution
spec specimen
STAT immediately
surg surgery
T temperature
tab(s) tablet(s)
temp temperature
ther therapy
tid three times a day
TLC total lung capacity, tender loving care
TPR temperature, pulse,and respiration
tr trace
TSE testicular self-examination
vag vagina, vaginal
VE vaginal examination
vit vitamin
VO verbal order
VS vital signs
wk week
WNL within normal limits
WO written order
w/o without
wt weight
W/U work up
abd abdomen
AD right ear
AU in each ear
EENT eye, ear, nose, and throat
GI gastrointestinal
GU genitourinary
L ( with a circle around it)or It left
LA ( with a circle around it) left arm
LL ( with a circle around it) left leg
LLQ lower left quadrant
LRQ lower right quadrant
AS left ear
LUQ left upper quadrant
OD right eye
OS left eye
OU in each eye
R( with a circle around it) or rt right
RA ( with a circle around it) right arm
RL ( with a circle around it) right leg
RLQ right lower quadrant
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx prescription
C celsius
cc cubic centimeter
cm centimeter
dL deciliter
F fahrenheit
g gram
kg kilogram
L liter
lb pound
m meter
mcg microgram
mg miligram
ml milliliter
mm millimeter
oz ounce
pt pint
qt quart
ss one half
T tablespoon
tsp teaspoon
Rx prescription
Dx diagnosis
H/O history of
H&P history and physical
Hx history
MHx medical history
PE or Px physical examination
prog prognosis
Sx symptoms
Tx treatment
BPH benign prostatic hyperplasia
CA cancer
CAD coronary artery disease
CHF congestive heart failure
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CRC colorectal cancer
CVA cerebrovascular accident
DM diabetes mellitus
DVT deep vein thrombosis
Fe def iron deficiency
GC gonorrhea
GDM gestational diabetes mellitus
HTN hypertension
IBS irritable bowel syndrome
MI myocardial infarction
MS multiple sclerosis
OA osteoarthritis
OM otitis media
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
RA rheumatoid arthritis
RF rheumatic fever
STD sexually transmitted disease
TB tuberculosis
URI upper respiratory infection
USI urinary stress incontinence
UTI urinary tract infection
CT, CAT computed axial tomography
CXR chest x-ray
ECG electrocardiogram
Echo echocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
FOBT fecal occult blood test
IVP intravenous pyelogram
LP lumbar puncture
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
NST nonstress test
PFT pulmonary function test
TRUS transrectal ultrasound
US ultrasound
ABG arterial blood gas
BG blood glucose
Bx biopsy
CBC complete blood count
C&S culture and sensitivity
diff differential
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
FBG fasting blood glucose
FBS fasting blood sugar
GCT glucose challenge test
GTT glucose tolerance test
Hct hematocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
OGTT oral glucose tolerance test
PET positron emission tomography
PPBS postprandial blood sugar
PSA prostate- specific antigen
PT prothrombin time
RBC red blood cell
RBS random blood sugar
SG specific gravity
trig triglycerides
UA urinalysis
U/C urine culture
WBC white blood cell
Created by: melindahanson