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Prescription Abbr.

TermDefinition
aa (ana) of each
ac (ante cibum) before meals
ad lib as desired
agit shake, stir
amp ampule
AD (auris dextra) right ear
AS (auris sinistra) left ear
ASA aspirin
AU (auris utraque) both ears
aq (aqua) water
bid/BID (bis in die) twice a day
C cup or celcius
c with a line over it with
cap capsule
CC chief complaint
cc cubic centimeter
cm centimeter
c/o complaining of
D/C discharge or discontinue
Dx diagnosis
dil dilute
disp dispense
dr dram
EENT eye, ear, nose, throat
ext extract
F fahrenheit
FE iron
fl fluid
fx fracture
gal gallon
gm gram
gr grain
gtt drops
h/hr hour
hs (hora somni) at bedtime
HTN hypertension
Hx history
inj injection
ID intradermal
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
K potassium
kg kilogram
KVO keep vein open
L liter
lb pound
mcg microgram
med medicine
meq milliequivalent
mg milligram
mL milliliter
MLD minimum lethal dose
mn midnight
MO mineral oil
MOM milk of magnesia
MS morphine sulfate
MTD maximum tolerated dose
NKA no known allergies
noct at night
NPO (nil per os) nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
N/V nausea/vomiting
OD (oculus dexter) right eye
OS (oculus sinister) left eye
OU (oculus uterque) both eyes
OTC over-the-counter
oz ounce
pc (post cibum) after meals
PL placebo
pm (post meridiem) afternoon
PMI patient medication instruction
po (per os) by mouth
pr by rectum
prn (pro re nata) as needed
pt patient
pulv powder
qh (quaque hora) every hour
q2h every two hours
qid/QID (quarter in die) four times a day
qm every morning
qn every night
qod every other day
qs quantity sufficient
qt quart
Rx take
r/o rule out
S/Sig give the following directions
s with a line over it without
SC/SQ/subQ subcutaneous
SOB shortness of breath
stat/STAT immediately
supp suppository
T tablespoon
tsp teaspoon
tab/TAB tablet
tid/TID (ter in die) three times a day
TO telephone order
tus cough
ung (unguentum) ointment
vag vaginally
ves (vesica) bladder
VO verbal order
VS vital signs
W/O water in oil
WNL within normal limits
x times
y/o years old
ut dict (ut dictum) ud/UD as directed
a (ante) before
ad as desired
p (post) after
per by
q (quaque) every
qd (quaque die) every day
qhs (quaque hora somni) every bedtime
SL sublingual
top/TOP topical
U unit
w/W week
Created by: ginaliane