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DHO Chapter 6

Medical Terminology

TermDefinition
Ba barium
N nitrogen
bacti bacteriology
N/A not applicable
B&B bowel amd bladder training
Na sodium
BBB bundle branch block
NaCl sodium chloride (salt)
NA nurse assistant/aide
NB newborn
N/C no complaints
neg negative/none
Neur neurology
NG,ng,N/G nasogastric tube
NICU neurological intensive care
NIDDM non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
NIH National Institutes of Health
nil none
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no know drug allergies
no number
NO nursing office
noc, noct at night, night
NP nurse practitioner
B&C biopsy and conization
BE barium enema
bid twice a day
bil bilateral
Bl blood
Bl Wk blood work
BM bowel movement
BMI body mass index
BMR basal metabolic rate
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
BSA body surface area
BSC bedside commode
BSE breast self examination
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx biopsy
R Respiration, rectal
Rt Right
Ra Radium
RBC Red Blood Cell
RDA Recommended Daily Allowance
REM Rapid Eye Movement
RHD Rheumatic Heart Disease
RLQ Right Lower Quadrant
RN Registered Nurse
RNA Ribonucleic Acid
R/O Rule Out
ROM Range of Motion
RR Recovery Room
RRT Registered Respiratory Therapist
Registered Radiologic Technologist
RT Respiratory Therapy/ Therapist
RUQ Right Upper Quadrant
Rx Prescription, Take, Treatment
UA, U/A urinalysis
ung ointment
Ur, ur urine
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
UV ultraviolet
Vag vaginal
VD venereal disease
VDM Veterinarian Degree of Medicine
VDRL Serology for syphillis, Veneral Disease Research Laboratory
VO verbal order
Vol volume
vp venipuncture, venous pressure
VS vital signs (TPR& BP)
S sacral
S&A sugar without acetone
s, w/o without
SA siniatrial
sc, SC subcutaneous
SGOT, SGPT transaminase test
SICU surgical intensive care unit
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
Sig give the following directions
sm small
SOB short of breath
sol solution
sos if necessary
spec specimen
SpGr, spgr specific gravity
SPN student practical nurse
spt spirits, liquor
ss one half
S/S, S&S signs and symptoms
SSE soap solution enema
staph staphylococcus infection
stat immediately, at once
STD sexually transmitted disease
STH somatotropic hormone
strep streptococcus infection
supp suppository
Surg surgery, surgical
susp suspension
Sx symptom, sign
syp syrup
K potassium
KCI potassium chloride
Kg, kg kilogram
KUB kidney,ureter,bladder X-ray
L lumbar
L&D labor and delivery
L&W living and well
(L),lt,lft left
L, l liter (1,000cc)
Lab laboratory
Lap laparotomy
lat lateral
lb pound
LCT long-term care
LDH lactose dehydrogenase (cardiac enzyme)
LDL low- density lipoprotein (unhealthy type of cholesterol)
lg large
liq liquid
LLQ left lower quadrant
LMP last menstrual period
LOC laxative of choice, level of consciousness
LP lumbar puncture
LPN licensed practical nurse
LS lumbar sacral
LTC long-term care
LUQ left upper quadrant
LVN licensed vocational nurse
I&D incision and drainage
I&O intake and output
ICCU intensive coronary care unit
ICD international classification of diseases
ID intradermal, infectious disease
IDDM insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
IH infectious hepatitis
IM intramuscular
imp Impression
in inch
inf infusion, inferior, infection, inguinal
ing inguinal
inj injection
int internal, interior
IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
irrr, irrring irrigation
Isol, isol isolation
IT inhalation therapy
IUD intrauterine device
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous pyelogram
jt joint
*@ at
ā before
A&D admission and discharge
A&P anterior & posterior
anatomy & physiology
āā of each
Ab abortion
abd abdomen
abdominal
ABG arterial blood gas
ac before meals
ACLS advanced cardiac life support
ACTH adrenocorticotrophic hormone
AD right ear
ADH antidiuretic hormone
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
adm admission
AED automated external defibrillation
AHA American Heart Association
AIDS aquired immune deficiency syndrome
am before noon
AMA american medical association
against medical advice
amal amalgam
amb ambulate, walk
amt amount
ANA american nurses' association
ANS autonomic nervous system
ant anterior
AP apical pulse
approx approximately
aq aqueous (water base)
ARC AIDS related complex
ART accredited records technician
AS left ear
as tol as tolerated
ASA aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
ASAP as soon as possible
ASCVD arteriosclerotic cardiovasuclar disease
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AU both ears
av average
AV arteriovenous
atrioventricular
A&W alive and well
Ax axilla, axillary, armpit
Ga gastric analysis, general anesthesia
gal gallon
gb gallbladder
gc gonococcus, gonorrhea
gh growth hormone
gi gastrointestinal
gm gram
gr grain
gt drop
gtt glucose tolerence test
gu gemitourinary
gyn gynecology diversified
°f degrees fahrenheit
fas fetal alcohol syndrome
fbs fasting blood sugar
fbw fasting blood work
fc foley catheter
fda food and drug administration
fe iron
ff, ffi force fluids
fh family history
fhr fetal heart rate
fl fluid
fsh follice-stimulating hormone
ft foot
fuo fever of unknown origin
fx, fr fracture
ea each
EBL estimated blood loss
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
ED Emergency Department
EEG electroencephalogram
ENNT ear, eye,nose, throat
elix elixir
EMG Electromyogram
EMS Emergency Medical Services
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
ENT ear, nose, throat
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ER Emergency Room
ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
et, etiol etiology (cause of disease)
Ex, exam examination
Exc excision
Exp exploratory
ext extract, extraction, external
d Day
D&C dilation and curettage
DA dental assistant
DAT diet as tolerated
DC Doctor of Chiropractic
D/C, dc, disc discontinue, discharge
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
DEA Drug Enforcement Agency
del delivery
Dept Department
DH Dental Hygienist
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
Diff differential white blood cell count
dil dilute, dissolve
DM diabetes mellitus
DMD Doctor of Dental Medicine
DMS diagnostic medicial sonography
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
DNR do not resuscitate
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
DOA dead on arrival
DOB Date of Birth
DOD Date of Death
DON Director of Nursing
DPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
DPT diphtheria,pertussis, tetanus doctor
Dr Doctor
dr dram, drainage
DRG diagnostic related group
drg,drsg,dsg dressing
D/S drextose in saline
DSD dry sterile dressing
DTs delirium tremors
DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
DW distilled water
D/W dextrose in water
Dx, dx Diagnosis
°C degrees celsius (centigrade)
c̅, w/ with
Ca calcium
CA cancer
cal calorie
CAP capsule
CAT computerized axial tomography
Cath catheter, catherize
CBC complete blood count
CBET certified biomedical equipment technician
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CC cheif complaint
CCU coronary care unit, critical care unit
CDA certified dental assistant
CDC center for disease control and prevention
CEO cheif executive officer
CF cystic fibrosis
CHD coronary heart disease
CHF congestive heart failure
CHO carbohydrate
chol cholesterol
CICU cardiac intesive care unit
ck check
Cl chloride, chlorine
cl liq clear liquids
cm centimeter
CMA certified medical assistant
CNP certified nurse practitioner
CNS central nervous system
c/o, co complains of
CO carbon monoxide, coronary occlusion
CO2 carbon dioxide
comp complete, compound
cont continued
COPD cronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COTA certified occupational therapy assistant
CP cerebral palsy
CPK creatine phosphokinase (cardiac enzyme)
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPT current procedure terminology
CRTT certified respiratory therapy technician
CS central supply or service
c&s culture and sensitivity
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CSR central supply room
CST certified surgical technologist
CT computerized tomography
Cu copper
CVA cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
CVD cardiovasuclar disease
Cx cervix, complication, complaint
WBC white blood cell
WC ward clerk/secretary
w/c wheelchair
WHO World Health Organization
WNL within normal limits
w/o, wo without
W/P whirlpool
wt weight
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