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medical abbreviation


a(with line on top) before
abd abdomen
a.c. before meals
AD Alzheimer's Disease
ADL activities of daily living
ad lib as desired
a.m. care morning care
amb ambulate or walk
amt amount
AROM active range of motion
ax axillary (armpit)
b.i.d two times a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BR bathroom
BRP bathroom privileges
C celsius
c(with line on top) with
Ca cancer
Cath catheter
cc cubic centimeter
CBR complete bed rest
CHD coronary heart disease
CHF congestive heart failure
CN charge nurse
c/o complains of
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CVA cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
DC discontinue
DNS director of nursing services
Dr. doctor
Dx diagnosis
ENT ear,nose,throat
F Fahrenheit
FF force fluids
ft feet
Fx fracture
G.I. gastrointestinal
G.U. genitourinary
H2O water
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
h.s. bedtime (hour of sleep)
ht height
in inch
I/O intake and output
IV intravenous
L liter
lb pound
LE lower extremity
LLE left lower extremity
LPN licensed practical nurse
lt left
LUE left upper extremity
LVN licensed vocational nurse
MI myocardial infarction (heart attack)
mm millimeters
noc night
NPO nothing by mouth
N/V nausea and vomiting
O2 oxygen
oz ounce
p(with line on top) after
pc after meals
po by mouth (oral)
p.m. care bedtime care
p.r.n. as necessary
PROM passive range of morion
pt `patient/resident
PT physical therapy
q.d. every day
q.i.d. four times a day
q.h. every hour
q.o.d every other day
R rectal
RN registered nurse
ROM range of motion
rt right
RUE right upper extremity
RLE right lower extremity
Rx presciption
s(with line on top) without
spec specimen
SOB shortness of breath
staph staphylococcus (bacteria)
STAT immediately
strep streptococcus (bacteria)
tab tablet
tbsp tablespoon
t.i.d three times a day
TRP temperature,pulse,respiration
tsp teaspoon
U/A urinalysis
UE upper extremity
UP Universal Precautions
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
V.S. vital signs
W/C wheelchair
wt weight
Created by: herbertsavage