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Common Medical Abbreviations

A & P Auscultation and percussion
A-V atrioventricular
a.c. before meals
a.j. ankle jerk
A.M.A. American Medical Association
aa equal parts of each
ad lib at will
alt dieb alternate days
AP anterior posterior
b.i.d. twice a day
b.i.n. twice a night
B.M. bowel movement
B.M.R. Basal Metabolic Rate
B.P. Blood Pressure
B.U.N. Blood Urea Nitrogen
C Celcius
c with
CC chief complaint
CCU Cardiac Care Unit
Ca calcium, cancer
Cap capsule
CBC complete blood count
cc cubic centimeter
Cl chloride
cm centimeter
CO 2 carbon dioxide
cu cubic
CVA Cerebrovascular accident
CVD Cadriovascular disease
D diagnosis
Dg, Dx, dx, dg diagnosis
D & C dilation and curettage
dd let it be given
D.D.S. Doctor of Dental Surgery
D.O. Doctor of Osteopathy
dil dilute, dilate
dr dram
Dr. Doctor
DTR deep tendon reflex
EENT eye, ear, nose, throat
ENT ear, nose, throat
EOM extraocular muscle
EEG electroencephalogram
extr extract
FACP Fellow of American College of Physicians
FACS Fellow of American College of Surgeons
fhs fetal heart sounds
fht fetal heart tones
fl fluid
GB Gallbladder
GI gastrointestinal
GU genitourinary
hpf high power field
hs bedtime
hb hemaglobin
hgb hemaglobin
hg hemoglobin
ht height
hypo hypodermically
I & D incision and drainage
IVP intravenous pyelogram
IM intramuscular
K potassium
KUB kidney, ureter, bladder
L & A light and accommodation
lpf lower power field
LLQ lower left quadrant
lmp last menstrual period
LUQ left upper quadrant
MTD right ear drum
MTS left ear drum
MI miocardial infarction
min minimum
Na sodium
neg negative
noct night
NPO nothing by mouth
OB obstetrics
OD right eye
oh every hour
on every night
OPD outpatient department
OR operating room
OS left eye
OU both eyes
P pulse
P & A percussion and auscultation
PA pernicious anemia
pa in equal parts
pc after meals
PE physical exam
PI present illness
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
po by mouth
prn as needed
PT physical therapy
pt patient
pH hydrogen ion concentration
PTA prior to admission
q every
qh every hour
qm every morning
qn every night
qs quantity sufficient
R respiration
rbc red blood cell
Rh blood factor
s without
Sig give to the following directions
sed rate seimentation rate
sp gr specific gravity
T & A tonsils and adenoids
TPR temperature, pulse and respiration
TURP transurethral resection of prostate
WR Wasserman Reaction
wbc white blood count
Created by: BPritchard