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AH II Terminology

Medical terminology for Allied Health II

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A&D admission and discharge
A&P anterior and posterior or anatomy and physiology
__ aa of each
abd abdomen or abdominal
ABG arterial blood gas
ac before meals
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
adm admission
AHA American hospital Association
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
am or AM morning, before noon
AMA American Medical Association or against medical advice
amb ambulate, walk
amt amount
ANA American Nurses' Association
ant anterior
AP Apical Pulse
approx approximately
aq or aqua aqueous (water base)
as tol as tolerated
ASA aspirin
ASAP as soon as possible
ASCVD arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Ax axilla, axillary, or armpit
Ba barium
bid twice a day
bil bilateral
Bl Wk blood work
BM bowel movement
BMR basal metabolic rate
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
BSC or bsc bedside commode
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx or bx biopsy
oC degrees Celsius (Centigrade)
_ c or w/ with
Ca Calcium
CA cancer
CAT computerized axial tomography
Cath catheter
CBC Complete blood count
CBR complete bedrest
cc cubic centimeter
CC chief complaint
CCU coronary care unit or critical care unit
CDC Centers for disease Control
CHD coronary heart disease
CHF congestive heart failure
chol cholesterol
CICU cardiac intensive care unit
CL chloride or chlorine
cl liq clear liquids
Cm centimeter
CMA certified medical assistant
CNP certified nurse practitioner
CNS central nervous system
co or c/o complains of
CO carbon monoxide
CO2 carbon dioxide
cont continued
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CVA cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
d day
D/C, disc, or dc discontinued or discharge
DDS doctor of dental surgery
DJD degenerative joint disease
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
Dr Doctor
drg or drsg dressing
DVM doctor of veterinary medicine
Dx or dx diagnosis
ea each
EEG electroencephalogram
EKG or ECG electrocardiogram
EMS emergency medical service
EMT emergency medical technician
ENT ear, nose, throat
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ER emergency room
etiol or et etiology (cause of disease)
oF degrees Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
FDA Food and Drug Administration
Fe iron
Fx fracture
FUO fever of unknown origin
GI gastrointestinal
gr grain
gtt, or gtts drop,drops
Gyn gynecology
H hydrogen
H2O water
H2O2 hydrogen peroxide
HA headache
HCL hydrochloric acid
hct hematorcrit
HDL high density lipoproteins
Hg mercury
Hgb or Hb hemoglobin
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HMO health maintenance organization
HOB head of bed
HR heart rate
Hr, hr, H or h hour, hours
HS hour of sleep (bedtime)
Ht height
Hx or hx history
I&O intake and output
ICU intensive care unit
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
K potassium
KCL potassium chloride
KVO keep vein open
L&D labor and delivery
L or I liter (1,000 cc)
lb pound
LDL low density lipoprotein
liq liquid
LLQ lower left quadrant
LOC level of consciousness
LUQ left upper quadrant
MD medical doctor, muscular dystrophy, or myocardial disease
mEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
Mg magnesium,
MI myocardial infarction (heart attack)
min minute
ml milliliter
mm millimeter
MN midnight
mod moderate
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MS multiple sclerosis
N nitrogen
Na sodium
NaCl sodium chloride (salt)
Neg negative
NG nasogastric tube
NIH National Institutes of Health
NKA no known allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
N/V or N&V nausea and vomiting
O2 Oxygen
Ob or Obs obstetrics
OOB out of bed
OR operating room
oz ounce
- p after
PA physician's assistant
Path pathology
PDR Physicians' Desk Reference
`pH measure of acidity/alkalinity
pm after noon
po by mouth
post-op after an operation
prn whenever necessary, as needed
pt Patient
PT physical therapy
q every
qd every da
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
q3h every 3 hours
q4h every 4 hours
qhs every night at bedtime
qid four times a day
qns quantity not sufficient
qod every other day
qs quantity sufficient
qt quart
Rt right
RBC red blood cell or count
RLQ right lower quadrant
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
Rx prescription
_ s or w/o without
SOB short of breath
ss one half
stat immediately (at once)
step streptococcus infection
T&A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
TB tuberculosis
tbsp tablespoon
TIA transient iscemic attack
tid three times a day
tol tolerated
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
tsp teaspoon
UA or U/A urinalysis
UTI urinary tract infection
VS vital signs (TPR and BP)
WBC white blood cell or count
wt weight
x times
> greater than
< less than
^ (up arrow) ' ' higher elevate, or up
' ' (down arrow) ' v lower or down
# pound or number
' foot or minute
'' inch or second
F female
M Male
0.X mg place a zero before decimal point
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