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AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
am, AM morning, before noon
AMA American Medical Association, against medical advice
amal a mixture of combination An alloy of mercury, silver, and other metals commonly used as a dental filling.
Amb ambulate, walk
amt amount
ANA American Nurses' Association
ANS The part of the nervous system that regulates involuntary body functions, including the activity of the cardiac muscle, smooth muscles, and glands
ant anterior
AP apical pulse The heartbeat as heard with a stethoscope placed on the chest wall adjacent to the cardiac apex
approx approximately
aq, aqua aqueous (water base)
ARC AIDS- related complex
ART Accredited Records Technician
AS left ear
as tol as tolerated
ASA aspirin
ASAP as soon as possible
ASCVD arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
ASHD areteriosclerotic heart disease
AU both ears
av average
AV arteriovaneous atrioventricular Pertaining to arteries and veins
A & W alive and well
aw axilla, axillary, armpit
adm admission
ADH antidiuretic hormone A hormone that decreases the production of urine by increasing the reabsorbtion of water by the renal tubules
AD right ear
ACTH adrenocortiotrophic hormone Widely used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, anemia, allergic states, various dermatologic disease, and many other disorders. It is a hormone of the anterior putuitary gland
aa of each
ADL activities of daily living
@ at
Ab abortion
A & D admission and discharge
A & P anterior and posterior, anatomy and physiology
a before
abd abdomen, abdominal
AHA American Hospital Association
ac before meals
ABG arterial blood gas
ad lib as desired
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