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Abbreviations

TermDefinition
aa (with line over) of each
Ab abortion
abd abdomen
abs absent
ac before meals
ad lib as desired
admin adminster
AM or a.m. before noon
amt amount
AP apical pulse
approx appointment
appt appointment
ASA acetylsaliccylic acid (aspirin)
ASAP as soon as possible
BA backache
b/c because
BC birth control
bid twice a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BPM beats per minute
BS blood sugar
BSE breast self-examination
c (with a line over it ) with
caps capsules
cath catheter, catheterize
CC chief complaint
chemo chemotherapy
CMA (AAMA) certified medical assistant
c/o complains of
CS cesarean section
Cx cervix
d day
/d per day
d/c discontine
D&I dry and intact
dil dilute
disch discharge
DNKA did not keep appointment
DOB date of birth
DOI date of injury
DRE digital rectal exam
DSD dry, sterile dressing
DTaP diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine
D&V diarrhea and vomiting
DVA distance visual acuity
ea each
ED emergency department
EDD expected date of delivery
FE iron
flex sign flexible sigmoidoscopy
freq frequent
F/U follow up
Fx fracture
GYN gynecology
h or hr hour
H/A headache
HBP high blood pressure
HC head circumference
Hep B hepatitis B vaccine
Hg mercury
H2O water
HR heart rate
HRT hormone replacement theropy
hs at bedtime
ht height
ID intradermal
IM intramuscular
IPV inactivated polio vaccine
IV intravenus
lab labratory
lac laceration
lat lateral
lax laxitive
LB lower back
LBP lower back pain
liq liquid
LMP last menstrual period
med, meds medication, medications
min minute
N/A not applicable
NB newborn
N/A no complaints
neg negative
NH nursing home
NICU newborn intensive care unit
NKDA no known drug allergies
NKA no known allergies
NMP normal menstrual period
noct nocternal
NS normal saline
N&V nausea and vomiting
NVA near visual acuity
NVD nausea, vomiting, and dirrahea
OB obstetrics
occ occationaly
oint ointment
op operation
OR operating room
OT occupational therapy
OTC over the couter
OV office visit
P pulse
Pap pap test
path pathology
pc after meals
peds pedatrics
PEN penicillin
per by, through
pharm pharmacy
PM , p.m. afternoon
PMS premenstrual syndrome
po PO by mouth
pos positive
postop postoperation
perop preoperation
prep preperation
prn as needed
PT physical theropy
Pt pt patient
qd everyday
qh every hour
q(2,3,4)h every 2,3,4 hour
qid four times a day
qn every night
QNS quantity not sufficient
qod every other day
QS quantity sufficient
quad quadriplegic
R resperations
RE rectal exam
reg regular
rehab rehabilitation
RMA registered medical assistant
Rx perscription
s with a line over it without
SC or SQ subcutaneous
S/E side effects
sec second
sigmoid sigmoidoscopy
sl slight
sm small
SOB shortness of breathe
sol soultion
spec specimen
STAT immediately
sug sugery
T tempeture
tab, tabs tablet, tablets
temp tempture
ther theropy
tid three times a day
TLC total lung capacity, tender loving care
TPR temperature, pulse, resperation
tr trace
TSE testicular self examanation
vag vagina, vaginal
VE vaginal examanation
vit vitamin
VO verbal order
VS vital sign
wk week
WNL within normal limits
WO written order
w/o without
wt weight
W/U workup
ABD ABDOMEN
AD RIGHT EAR
AS LEFT EAR
AU IN EACH EAR,BOTH EARS
EENT EYES, EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT
GI GASRROINTESTINAL
GU GENITOURINARY
L(WITH CIRCLE) OR lt left
LA (WITH CIRCLE) LEFT ARM
LL (WITH CIRCLE) LEFT LEG
LLQ LOWER LEFT QUADRANT
LRQ LOWE RIGHT QUADRANT
LUQ LEFT UPPER QUADRANT
OD RIGHT EYE
OS LEFT EYE
OU EACH EYE, BOTH EYES
R (WITH CIRCLE) OR rt right
RA (WITH CIRLE) RIGHT ARM
RL (WITH CIRCLE) RIGHT LEG
RLQ RIGHT LOWER QUADRANT
RUQ RIGHT UPPER QUADRANT
C Celsius
cc cubic centimeter
cm centimeter
dL deciliter
F fahrenheit
g gram
kg kilogram
L liter
lb POUND
m meter
mcg microgram
mg milligram
ml milliliter
mm millimeter
oz ounce
pt pint
qt quart
ss one half
T tablespoon
tsp teaspoon
Dx diagnosis
H/O history of
H&P history and physical
Hx history
MHx medical history
PE or Px physical examination
prog prognosis
Sx symptoms
Tx treatment
BPH begnin prostatic hyperplasia
CA cancer
CAD coronary artery disease
CHF congestive heart failure
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CRC colorectal cancer
CVA CEREBROVASCULAR ACCIDENT
DM dabetes mellitus
DVT DEEP VAIN THROMBOSIS
Fe def iron deficiency
GC gonorrhea
GDM GESTATIONAL DIABETES MELLITUS
HTN HYPERTENSION
IBS IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME
MI MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION
MS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
OA OSTEORATHRITIS
OM OTITIS MEDIA
PID PELVIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASE
RA RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
RF RHEUMATIC FEVER
STD SEXUAL TRANSMITTED DISEASE
TB TUBERCULOSIS
URI UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION
USI URINARY STRESS INCONTINENCE
UTI URINARY TRACT INFECTION
CT, CAT COMPUTED AXIAL TOMOGRAPHY
CXR CHEST X-RAY
ECG ELECTROCARDIOGRAM
Echo echocardiogram
EEG elctroencephalogram
FOBT fecal occult test
IVP intrvenous
LP lumbar puncture
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
NST nonstress test
PFT PULMONARY FUNCTION TEST
TRUS transrectal ultrasound
US ultrasound
ABG arterial blood gas
BG blood glucose
Bx biosy
CBC COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT
C&S CULTURE AND SENSITIVITY
diff differential
ESR ERYTHROCYTE SEDIMENTATION RATE
FBG FASTING BLOOD GLUCOSE
FBS FASTING BLOOD SUGAR
GCT GLUCOSE CHALLENGE TEST
GTT GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST
Hct hermatocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
OGTT oral glucose tolerance test
PET POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY
PPBS POSTPRANDIAL BLOOD SUGAR
PSA PROSTATE-SPECIFIC ANTIGEN
PT PROTHROMBIN TIME
RBC RED BLOOD CELLS
RBS Random blood sugar
SG specific gravity
trig triglycerides
UA URINALYSIS
U/C URINECULTURE
WBC WHITE BLOOD CELLS
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