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Medical Abbreviation

Medical Abbreviations, Nursing,Medical Terms

BID Twice a day
TID Three times a day
po by mouth
IV Intravenously
IM Intramuscular
sq or SQ subcutaneous
a before
ac before meals
pc after meals
AD right ear (Auricula Dexter)
ad lib as much as desired/ tolerated
am morning/before noon (ante meridian)
hs or HS at bedtime/ hour of sleep
AS left ear (Auriculi Sinister)
AU Both Ears
OD right eye (Ocular Dexter)
OS Left Eye (Ocular Sinister)
OU Both eyes
BP Blood pressure
TPR Temperature, Pulse, Respiration
BM Bowel movement
BR Bedrest
BLE Bilateral Lower Extremities
BUE Bilateral Upper Extremities
BRP Bathroom privileges
BSC Bedside commode
c with
c/o complains of
DNR Do Not Resuscitate
DOB Date of Birth
dx or DX Diagnosis
gtt(s) drop(s)
hr or h hour
HOB Head of Bed
HOH Hard of Hearing
ht height
hx history
I & O Intake and Output
IVF Intravenous Fluid
IVP Intravenous push
IVPB Intravenous piggy back
kg kilogram
Ib pound
LLE Left lower extremity
LUE Left Upper Extremity
LLQ Left Lower Quadrant
LUQ Left Upper Quadrant
LOC Level of Consciousness
mEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
mL milliliter
mm millimeter
N/V nausea/vomiting
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
O2 oxygen
oz ounces
p after
per by or through
prn as needed
q every
RLQ Right Lower Quadrant
RUQ Right Upper Quadrant
RLE Right Lower Extremity
RUE Right Upper Extremity
ROM Range of Motion
Rx pharmacy
s without
S/S signs and symptoms
sl sublingual
STAT Immediately
tsp teaspoon
tx treatment
TO telephone order
VO verbal order
vs vital signs
vss vital signs stable
fl fluid
g grams
L liter
mcg micrograms
ABG arterial blood gas
ADH antidiuretic hormone
ADA American Diabetes Association
AMA against medical advice
BUN Blood Urine Nitrogen
cap capsule
CAD coronary artery disease
CBC complete blood count
BPH Benign Prostatic hyperplasia
CHF congestive heart failure
CNS Central Nervous Systerm
CO Cardiac Output
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPK creatinine phosphokinase
CVA Cerebrovascular accident
ec enteric coated
ECG electocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
GT gastrostomy tube
hct hematocrit
hgb hemoglobin
ID intradermal
ICP intracranial pressure
KVO Keep Vein Open
MI Myocardial infarction
NG nasogastric
OTC over the counter
pm after noon (post meridian)
PT prothrombin time
PTT post prothrombin time
q1h every 1 hour
q4h every 4 hours
RBC red blood count
SL sublingual
SR sustained release
supp suppository
tab tablet
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
WBC white blood count
WNL within normal limits
IOP intraocular pressure
tbsp tablespoon
ADL activities of daily living
AKA above the knee
BKA below the knee
amt amount
A/O alert and orientated
A/O X4 Alert and orientated to person, place, time, event
ASA aspirin
C & S culture and sensitivity
CA cancer
CT computer tomography
CXR chest xray
ER emergency room
ET endotracheal
FBS fasting blood sugar
gluc glucometer
fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
GU genitourinary
K+ Potassium
KUB Kidney, Ureter, Bladder
KCl potassium chloride
MRI magnetic resonance imagery
N/V/D Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea
Na+ Sodium
Ca+ Calcium
NC Nasal Cannula
NaCl Sodium chloride
OOB out of bed
TIA transient ischemic attack
TPN total parenteral nutrition
U/A urinalysis
PERRLA pupils equal, round, reactive to light and accommodation
w/c wheelchair
Created by: skaster1987