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Medical Abbreviation

Simple terms

QuestionAnswer
A&P auscultation and percussion
AB abortion
ABGs arterial blood gases
ac before meals, ante cibum
ACL anterior cruciate ligament
AD right ear
ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ADL activities of daily living
AE above elbow
AFB acid-fast bacilli
AFP alpha-fetoprotein
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency disorder
AK above knee
ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
AMD age-related macular degeneration
AMI acute myocardial infarction
AML acute myeloid leukemia
ANS autonomic nervous system
AOM acute otitis media
AP anteroposterior
ARD acute respiratory diease
ARDS acute respiratory distress syndrome
ARF acute renal failure
AS left ear
ASA aspirin
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AU both ears
AV atrioventricular, arteriovenous
Ba barium
BBB bundle branch block
BCC basal cell carcinoma
BE below elbow
BK below knee
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BP blood pressure
BPH benign prostatic hyperplasia
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
c/o complaints of
C1 cervical vertebrae 1
CA cancer
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
CAT computerized axial tomography
cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CC chief complaint
cc cubic centimeter
CCU coronary care unit
CEA carcinoembryonic antigen
CF cystic fibrosis
CHD coronary heart disease
Chemo chemotherapy
CHF congestive heart failure
chol cholesterol
CIS carcinoma in situ
cm centimeter
CMV cytomegalovirus
CNS central nervous system
CO2 carbon dioxide
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP cerebral palsy
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CRF chronic renal failure
CS cesarean section
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computed tomography
CTS carpal tunnel syndrome
CV cardiovascular
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CXR chest x-ray
cysto cystoscope
D&C dilation and curettage
decub decubitus
Derm dermatology
DI diabetes insipidus
DIC diffuse intravascular coagulation
diff differential count
DM diabetes melitus
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
DO doctor of osteopathy
DOB date of birth
DTR deep tendon reflexes
DUB dysfunctional uterine bleeding
DVT deep vein thrombosis
Dx diagnosis
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ECHO echocardiogram
ED erectile dysfunction
EDD expected date of delivery
EEG electroencephalogram
EENT eye, ear, nose, throat
EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy
EHR electronic health record
EHT estrogen hormone therapy
ELISA enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
EMG electromyography
ENT ear, nose, throat
ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ERT estrogen replacement therapy
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
ESRD end stage renal disease
FBD fibrocystic breast disease
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fx fracture
GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease
GI gastrointestinal
GTT glucose tolerance test
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecology
h hour
H&H hemoglobin and hematocrit
H2O water
HAV hepatitis a virus
Hb hemoglobin
HBV hepatitis b virus
Hct hematocrit
HD hemodialysis
HDL high-density lipoprotein
HF heart failure
Hbg hemoglobin
HHD hypertensive heart disease
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HNP herniated nucleus pulposus
HPV human papillomavirus
HRT hormone replacement therapy
hs hour of sleep
HSG hysterosalpingography
HSV herpes simplex virus
HTN hypertension
Hx history
I&D incision and drainage
I&O intake and output
IBD inflammatory bowel disease
IBS irritable bowel syndrome
IDDM insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
IM intramuscular
IOL intraocular pressure
IUD intrauterine device
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous pyelogram
JVD jugular vein distention
K potassium
KUB kidney, ureter, bladder
LASIK laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis
L&D labor and delivery
L1 first lumbar vertebra
LDL low-density lioprotein
LLL left lower lode
LLQ left lower quadrant
LMP last menstrual period
LP lumbar puncture
LUL left upper lobe
LUQ left upper quadrant
lymphs lymphocytes
MD doctor of medicine
Mets metastatis
mg milligram
MI myocardial infarction
mono monocyte
MRA magnetic resonance angiography
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MRSA methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus
MS mitral stenosis
MV mitral valve
MVP mitral valve prolapse
N&V nausea and vomiting
Na sodium
NB new born
NG nasogastric
NIDDM noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus
NKDA no known drug allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
NS normal saline
NSAIDS nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
O2 oxygen
OB obstetrics
OB-GYN obstetrics/gynecology
OD right eye
OM otitis media
Ortho orthopedics
OS left eye
OTC over the counter
OU each eye, both eyes
PA posteroanterior
PAD peripheral artery disease
Pap papanicolaou
path pathology
pc after meals
PCP pneumocystis pneumonia
PE physical exam
Peds pediatrics
PEG percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
PERRLA pupils equal, round, reactive to light and accommodation
PET positron emission tomography
PFT pulmonary function test
pH hydrogen ion concentration
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PNS peripheral nervous system
PO by mouth
PRBC packed red blood cells
PRN as needed
PSA prostate-specific antigen
PT prothrombin time
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PUD peptic ulcer disease
qod every other day
R/O rule out
R, rt right
RA rheumatoid arthritis
RBC red blood count
RDS respiratory distress syndrome
REM rapid eye movement
Rh rhesus blood factor
RLL right lower lobe
ROM range of motion
RUL right upper lobe
SA sinoatrial
SAB spontaneous abortion
SARS severe acute respiratory syndrome
sc subcutaneous
SCC squamous cell carcinoma
SLE systemic lupus erythematosus
SOAP subjective, objective, assessment, plan
SOB shortness of breath
staph staphylococcus
strep streptococcus
SVD spontaneous vaginal delivery
T1 thoracic vertebrae 1
T3 triiodothyronine
T4 thyroxine
tab tablet
TAB therapeutic abortion
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
TAH-BSO total abdominal hysterectomy-bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
TB tuberculosis
THR total hip replacement
TIA transient ischemic attack
TKA total knee arthroplasty
TM tympanic membrane
TNM tumor, node, metastasis
TPA, tPA tissue plasminogen activator
TPR temperature, pulse, respirations
TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone
TULIP transurethral laser incision of the prostate
TUR transurethral resection
TURP transurethral resection of the prostate
TVH total vaginal hysterectomy
Tx treatment
u unit
UA urinalysis
UGI upper gastrointestinal
URI upper respiratory infection
US ultrasound
UTI urinary tract infection
VA visual acuity
VBAC vaginal birth after cesarean section
VS, V/S vital signs
WBC white blood count
WNL within normal limits
XR x-ray
y/o years old
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