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Med Term continued

Color, Abbreviation, Direction

albus white
chloro green
chrom color
cirrhos yellow
cyano blue
erythr red
leuko white
melano black
polio gray
purpura purple
rhodo rose
rubeo red
xantho yellow
CMA - or RMA Certified Medical Assistant Registered Medical Assistant
CNA Certified Nursing Aide
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
LPN - or LVN Licensed Practical Nurse Licensed Vocational Nurse
MD Medical Doctor
ME Medical Examiner
MLT Medical Lab Technologist
NP Nurse Practitioner
OT Occupational Therapist
PA Physician's Assistant
PT Physical Therapist
RHIT - formerly ART Registered Health Information Technician Accredited Record Technologist
RN Registered Nurse
RRT - or RT Registered Respiratory Therapist Respiratory Therapist
a before
aa of each
abd abdominal
a.c. before meals
ADL activity of daily living
ad lib as desired
a.m. morning
amt. amount
AROM active range of motion
AX axillary
BID two times a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
C Celsius
C (with line over it) with
cal calorie
cath catheter
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CHF congestive heart failure
cm centimeter
CN charge nurse
CNS central nervous system
c/o complains of
DC discontinue
DON director of nurses
Dr. doctor
DX diagnosis
F Fahrenheit
fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
gtt drop
GU genitourinary
h hour
H2O water
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
HS hour of sleep
I/O intake and output
IV intravenous
kg kilogram
L liter
lb. pound
LE/LLE/LUE lower extremity, left lower extremity, left upper extremity
Lt. left
MI myocardial infarction
mm millimeter
noc night
NPO nothing by mouth(stands for nothing per oral)
N/V nausea and vomiting
O.D. right eye
OOB out of bed
O.S. left eye
O.U. both eyes
oz. ounce
p (with line over it) after
P pulse
p.c. after meals
PO by mouth
p.m. evening
prn as needed
PROM passive range of motion
pt. patient
qd every day
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
qid 4 times a day
qod every other day
QNS quantity not sufficient
QS quantity sufficient
R (small capital with circle around it) rectal
R respirations
RE/RUE/RLE right extremity, right upper extremity, right lower extremity
ROM range of motion
Rx prescription
S (with line over it) without
sig. write; to be labeled
SOB shortness of breath
ss half
SSE soap suds enema
staph staphylococcus
stat immediately
strep streptococcus
syr syrup
T temperature
tab tablet
tbsp. tablespoon
tid three times a day
TO telephone order
TPR temperature, pulse, and respirations
tsp. teaspoon
UP univeral precautions
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
v.o. verbal order
v.s. vital signs
W/C wheelchair
wt. weight
Created by: cindydindy