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Medical Terms

A anatomy and physiology
ad lib freely, at will
ac before meals
adm admission
AED automted external defibrillator
amb ambulate
ASAP as soon as possible
ax axillary
bid twice a day
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BMR basal metabolic rate
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
c (with line over the c) with
CBC complete blood count
CC chief complaint
CHO carbohydrate
cl liq clear liquids
c/o complains of
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CT computerized tomography
D/C discontinue
DNR do not resuscitate
Dx diagnosis
EEG electroencephalogram
EKG, ECG electrocardiogram
FBAO foreign body airway obstruction
FBS fasting blood sugar
FF force fluids
GB gallbladder
Hgb hemoglobin
Hct hemotocrit
HOB head of bed
hs hour of sleep, bedtime
ht height
hx history
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
LOC level of consciousness
LPN, LVN licenced practical (vocational) nurse
LTC long term care
L (circled) left
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
N/A not applicable
neg negative
NG nasogastric
noct night
NKA no known allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
O2 oxygen
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
OTC over the counter
p (with line over the p) after
pc after meals
po by mouth
PPE personal protective equipment
prn as necessary
pt patient
q2h every two hours
qhs every night at bedtime
R respiration
R (circled) right
RBC red blood cell
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
Rx prescription, take, treatment
s (with line above the s) without
ss (with line above the ss) one half (1/2)
STAT immediately
STD sexually transmitted disease
T temperature
tab tablet
tid three times a day
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
UA urinalysis
VS vital signs
WBC white blood cells
w/c wheelchair
wt weight
WNL within normal limits
qs quantity sufficient
qid four times a day
a before
A alert and oriented
abn abnormal
abd abdomen
AMA against medical advice
ABG's arterial blood gases
G/C geri-chair
ADL activities of daily living
Adv. Dir. advanced directive
a fib atrial fibrillation
amt amount
BSC bed side commode
approx. aproximate
@ at
as tol as tolerated
AM/a.m. morning
ALS advanced life support
BS breath sounds
BX or bx biopsy
AROM active range of motion
PROM passive range of motion
Ca carcinoma, cancer
CNS central nervous system
cath catheter
q every
CHF congestive heart failure
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CX chest x-ray
CVA cerebral vascular accident
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
D.O.N. director of nurses
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
drsg dressing
DVT deep vein thrombosis
ED emergency department
ER emergency room
FWB full weight bearing
Fx fracture
ft feet
GI gastrointestinal
GERD gastro esophageal reflux disease
gtts drops
GU genitourinary
H hemoglobin and hemotocrit
H history and physical
FA forearm
HA headache
hr. hour
ht. height
I intake and output
ICU intensive care unit
I incision and drainage
invol involuntary
irrig irrigate
IS incentive spirometry
LUE left upper extremity
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalents
MI myocardial infarction
lab laboratory
liq. liquid
lg. large
LLL left lower lobe
LLQ left lower quadrant
LP lumbar puncture
NAS no added sodium
N&V OR N/V nausea and vomiting
neuro neurological
NKDA no know drug allergies
MN midnight
mod moderate
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MRSA methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus
MVA motor vehicle accident
mg milligrams
ml milliliters
mm millimeters
P pulse
PE pulmonary embolism
post-op postoperative
pre-op postoperative
C culture and sensitivity
NS normal saline
O2 sat oxygen saturation
OB obstetrics
OT occupational therapy
OD right eye
OS left eye
OU both eyes
OR operating room
P.T. physical therapy
tbsp. tablespoon
R/T related to
RR recovery room
RT respiratory therapy
rr respiratory rate
decub decubitus ulcer
s/s signs and symptoms
sm small
SOB short of breath
p.m. afternoon
AD right ear
AS left ear
AU both ears
ENT ear, nose, throat
q.d. every day
qod every other day
TB tuberculosis
SLP speech language pathologist
TIA transiet ischemic attack
TKR total knee replacement
VRE vancomycin-resistant entercocci
SC, subq subcutaneous
OM otitis media
REM rapid eye movement
TCDB turn, cough, deep breath
H2O water
TKO to keep open
TPN total parental nutrition
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VO OR V.O. verbal order
W/A when awake
*triangle* change
> greater than
less than
+ positive
# number
: ratio
i.e. example/that is
gr grains
gm gram
cm centimeter
Kg or kg kilograms
CO2 carbon dioxide
Fe iron
K potassium
BR bed rest
NCS no concentrated sweets
G-tube gastrostomy tube
B bowel and bladder
SR side rail
CT computerized tomography
y/o years old/years of age
ung ointment
♀ (F) female
♂ (M) male
d/t due to
susp suspension
RUE right upper extremity
RLE right lower extremity
LLE left lower extremity
PCA patient controlled administration
LMP last menstrual period
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