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Medical Abbreviation

Medical Abbreviations

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
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 left extremity; left lower extremity; left upper extremity
Lt. left
MI myocardial infarction
mm millimeter
noc night
NPO nothing by mouth
N/V nausea and vomiting
O.D. right eye
OOB out of bed
O.S. left eye
O.U. both eyes
oz. ounce
- p 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 two hours
qid four times a day
qod every other day
QNS quantity not sufficient
QS quantity sufficient
r (with a circle around it) rectal
R respirations
RE/RUE/RLE right extremity; right upper extremity; right lower extremity
ROM range of motion
RX prescription
- S without
sig. write; to be
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 universal precautions
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
v.o. verbal order
v.s. vital signs
W/c wheelchair
wt. weight
CCU coronary care unit; critical care unit
SC central supply
EENT eyes, ears, nose, and throat
ER emergency room
GI lab gastrointestinal lab
lab laboratory
MICU medical intensive care unit
OB-GYN obstetrics and gynecology, or obstetrician gynecologist
OR operating room
pedi pediatrics
PT physical therapy
RT respiratory therapy
SICU surgical intensive care unit
ABG arterial blood gas
ACP acute care panel
BUN blood urea nitrogen
C&S culture and sensitivity
CBC complete blood count
chem. chemistry
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
CXR chest Xray
DPT diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
FBS fasting blood sugar
HCT hematocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
lytes electrolytes
O&P ova and parasites
O2 oxygen
RBC red blood cells
TB tuberculosis
UA urinalysis
WBC white blood cells
Ca calcium
Cl chloride
CRE creatinine
Fe iron
Glu glucose
K+ potassium
Na sodium
NaHCO3 sodium bicarbonate
anterior front side
distal farthest point away from
dorsal backside
high fowlers sitting at a 90 degree angle
inferior below
lateral side of
medial middle
peripheral on the edge of or outside of
posterior rear or back of
prone lie on the front side facedown
proximal nearest
superior above
supine lie on back
transverse across
ventral to the belly
Created by: tmitchell