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Abbreviations

TermDefinition
aa of each
ac before meals
ad lib as need or desired
a git shake
am morning
AMA against medical advice
amt amount
ante before
ASA aspirin
aq water
bid twice a day
BMR basal metabolism rate
BP blood pressure
C centigrade
c with
CBC complete blood count
Ca calcium
Caps Capsules
Cl Chloride
cm centimeter
c/o complaint of
diag, Dx diagnosis
dil dilute
disch dischare
dr dram
et and
Etoh alcohol
exp expired
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
fl fluid
g gram
gr grain
gt drop
gtt drops
H, h, hr hour
H20 water
Hx history
IM intramuscular
IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
IV intravenous
K potassium
L liter
liq liquid
mcg micrograms
mEq milliequivalent
Mg magnesium
mg, mgm milligrams
mL milliliters
mm millimeter
MOM milk of magnesia
Na sodium
NaCl sodium chloride
neg. negative
NKA no known allergies
NPO nothing per mouth
oint ointment
oz ounce
PB phenobarbital
pc after meals
per by
PO orally
prn as needed
q every
qh every hour
qid 4 times a day
q6h every 6 hours
qs quantity sufficient
R/O rule out
Rx prescription
sat saturated
sob shortness of breath
sol solution
ss half
stat immediately
tabs tablets
tbsp tablespoon
temp temperature
tid three times a day
tr or tinc tincture
tsp teaspoon
ung ointment
USP United States Pharmacopeia
vag vaginal
Vol volume
VO verbal order
VS vital sign
x times
PPD # pack per day
CHF congestive heart failur
COPD chroinc obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
MAO monoamineoxidase
MRSA methicillin-resistant staphlococcus aureus
MVI multivitamin injection
TCN teteracycline
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
NTG nitroglycerin
NTE not to exceed
NSAID non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drug
TPN total parental nutrition
OU, OD, OS both eyes, right eye, left eye
AU, AD,AS both ears. right ears, left ears
APAP acetaminophen (Tylenol)
H hemoglobin and hematocrit
MPF Methyl-Paraben Free (presevative free)
DSS Docusate Sodium (colace)