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Medical Terminology N-Z: Bold only

N N2 nitrogen
Na sodium
N/A not applicable; not available
NaP sodium pentothal
NG nasogastric
NICU neonatal intensive care unit
NIDDM non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
N2O nitrous oxide
NP nurse practitoner
NPH neutral protamine Hagedorn (insulin)
NPO nothing by mouth (nil per os)
NS normal saline
NSAID non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
NSR normal sinus rhythm
NSU Nova Southeastern University
NTG nitroglycerine
NTT nasal tracheal tube
N/V nausea and vomiting
N/V/D nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OB/GYN obstetrician/gynecologist
Occ occasional
OD overdose
O.D. right eye (oculus dexter)
OETT oral endotracheal tube
OP CAB off-pump coronary artery bypass
OPS out patient surgery
OR operating room
ORIF open reduction internal fixation
os mouth
O.S. left eye (oculus sinister)
OSA obstructive sleep apnea
O.T. occupational therapy
OTC over the counter
o/w otherwise
oz. ounce
p after
P2 pulmonic second sound
PaCO2 partial pressure of CO2 in arterial blood
PA pulmonary artery
PAC premature atrial contraction; pulmonary artery catheter
PA-C physician assistant-certified
PACU post anesthesia care unit
PALS pediatric advanced life support
PaO2 partial pressure of O2 in arterial blood
PAOP pulmonary artery occluded pressure
PAT paroxysmal atrial tachycardia; preadmission testing
PCA patient controlled analgesia
PCN penicillin
PCWP pulmonary capillary wedge pressure
PD peritoneal dialysis
PDA patent ductus arteriosus
PE pulmonary embolism
PEA pulseless electrical activity
PEEP positive end expiratory pressure
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
per by
PERRLA pupils, equal, round, reactive to light and accommodation
PETCO2 partial pressure of CO2 in end-tidal gas
PFO patent foramen ovale
PFT pulmonary function test
pH hydrogen ion concentration
PICC percutaneously inserted central catheter
PICU pediatric intensive care unit
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PIH pregnancy induced hypertension
PIP peak inspiratory pressure
PLT/plt. platelets
PMHx past medical history
PMS premenstrual syndrome
PNV prenatal vitamins
PO by mouth
POD post operative day
PONV post-op nausea and vomiting
post-op after operative
PPP pressure points padded
PPD purified protein derivative(TB test)
PRBC packed red blood cells
preop before surgery
p.r.n./prn whenever necessary
PROM premature rupture of membranes
PSHx past surgical history
PSVT paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
PT prothrombin time (a.k.a. protime); physical therapy
PTCA percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty
PTH parathyroid hormone
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PUD peptic ulcer disease
PVC premature ventricular contraction
PVD peripheral vascular disease
PVR pulmonary vascular resistance
Q every
Qd every day
Qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
q4h every 4 hours
qHS every night
qid four times a day
qn every night
qod every other day
QRS ventricular wave EKG
R right
RA rheumatoid arthritis; right atrium
RAD reactive airway disease
RAH right atrial hypertrophy
RAP retrograde autologous prime
RBBB right bundle branch block
RBC red blood cell
RCA right coronary artery
RCR rotator cuff repair
RF rheumatic fever
Rh Rhesus factor
RHD rheumatic heart disease
RHF right heart failure
RLE right lower extremity
RLL right lower lobe
RLQ right lower quadrant
RML right middle lobe
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
ROS review of systems
RR respiratory rate
RRR regular rate and rhythm
RSO right salpingo oopherectomy
RT respiratory therapy
RUE right upper extremity
RUL right upper lobe
RUQ right upper quadrant
RVAD right ventricular assist device
RVH right ventricular hypertrophy
Rx therapy; prescription
S without
SA sinoatrial
SAH subarachnoid hemorrhage
SaO2 oxygen saturation of hemoglobin in arterial blood
SBE subacute bacterial endocarditis
SCD sequential compression device
SDH subdural hematoma
SGC Swan-Ganz catheter
SHx social history
SIADH syndrome of inappropriate anti-diuretic hormone
SICU surgical intensive care unit
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
SIMV synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation
SL sublingual
SNP sodium nitroprusside
SOB shortness of breath
S/P status post
SpO2 saturation of hemoglobin in arterial blood from pulse oximetry
SQ subcutaneous
SR spontaneous respiration
SROM spontaneous rupture of membranes
ss half; sliding scale
s/s signs and symptoms
STAT supercedes tasks of all types (i.e. immediately)
STD sexually transmitted disease
SV stroke volume; supraventricular
SVC superior vena cava
SvO2 oxygen saturation of hemoglobin in mixed-venous blood
SVR systemic vascular resistance
SVT supraventricular tachycardia
Sx symptoms; surgery
T temperature; thoracic
T3 iodothyronine
T4 thyroxine
T & A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TB tuberculosis
TEE transesophageal echocardiography
THA total hip arthroplasty
THR total hip replacement
TIA transient ischemic attack
Tid three times a day
TKA total knee arthroplasty
TKR total knee replacement
TMJ temporomandibular joint
TOF train of four; Tetrology of Fallot
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TR tricuspid (valve) regurgitation
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone
TURB transurethral resection of the bladder
TURP transurethral resection of prostate
TVH total vaginal hysterectomy
Tx treatment
T & X type and crossmatch
U unit
UA urinalysis
UE upper extremity
UO urine output
URI upper respiratory infection
U/S ultrasound
UTI urinary tract infection
TV tidal volume
VAE venous air embolism
VATS video assisted thoracoscopic surgery
VD venereal disease
VMA vanillylmandelic acid
V.O. verbal order
V-P ventricular-peritoneal
V/Q ventilation-perfusion ratio
VS vital signs
VSD ventricular septal defect
VSS vital signs stable
V-Tach ventricular tachycardia
WBC white blood cells
WF white female
Wk week
WM white male
WMA wall motion abnormality
WNL within normal limits
WPW Wolff-Parkinson-White (syndrome)
w/u work up
yo year(s) old
Created by: Vanessaleah