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a before
abd abdomen
ABGs arterial blood gasses
ac before meals
AD right ear (no longer in use)
ADA American Diabetic Association
ad lib as desired
adm admission
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AM before noon
amt amount
ant anterior
AP anteroposterior, anterior/posterior
AQ or aq water
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
AS left ear (no longer in use)
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AU both ears (no longer in use)
BE barium enema
BID or bid twice daily
bil bilateral
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BS blood sugar
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
C celsius
c with
CA cancer
Ca calcium
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
caps capsule
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CBR complete bedrest
cc cubic centimeter (not used in medical charting)
CC chief complaint
CCU Coronary Care Unit
CHF congestive heart failure
Cl chloride
cm centimeter
CNS central nervous system
c/o complaining of
CO2 carbon dioxide
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP cerebral palsy and/or chest pain
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Created by: Becky Hartzell