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Medical Abbreviation

HCE Basic health Concepts

TermDefinition
A&D admission & discharge
abd abdomen
ABG arterial blood gas
ac before meals
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
adm admission
am, AM morning
AMA against medical advice
B & B bowel & bladder
BE Barium enema
bid twice a day
BL blood
BM bowel movement
BP or B/P blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP Bathroom privileges
BS Blood Sugar
BSC bedside commode
BUN blood, urea, nitrogen
BX or bx biopsy
amb ambulate
amt amount
ant anterior
AP Apical pulse
approx approximately
as tol as tolerated
ASA aspirin
ADA American Diabetic Association American Dietetic Association
Ax Axillary
c with
CA cancer
Cal calorie
Cap capsule
CAT computerized axial tomography
Cath catheter
CBC complete blood count
CHF congestive heart failure
CHO carbohydrate
Chol cholesterol
cl liq clear liquid
cm centimeter
CNS central nervous system
c/o complains of
CO2 carbon dioxide
cont continue
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
C&S culture & sensitivity
CVA cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
Cyanosis bluish color of skin caused from lack of 02
d day
DAT diet as tolerated
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
DOB date of birth
DRG diagnostic related groups
drsg dressing
Dx diagnosis
DR. doctor
EKG, ECG electrocardiogram
EMS emergency medical services
ER Emergency room
etiol etiology
ETOH alcohol
emesis vomit
FL or fl Fluid
ft foot
Fx fracture
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
Fe iron
FF force encourage Fluids
FUO Fever of unknown origin
gal gallon
GI gastrointestinal
gtt or gtts drop drops
GYN gynecology
H2O Water
HA headache
HBV Hepatitis B Virus
h or hr hour
HTN hypertension
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
ht height
hx or HX history
I&O Input & Output
ICU Intensive care unit
IM Intramusclar
in inch
inf infection
ing inguinal
inj injection
irrig irrigation
isol isolation
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous pyelogram
K potassium
KCL potassium chloride
L&D Labor & deliver
L left
Lab laboratory
lb pound
liq liquid
LLQ Left lower quadrant
LMP last menstrual period
LUQ left upper quadrant
MD Medical doctor; muscular dystrophy
Meds medicine
MEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
MI myocardial infarction ( heart attack)
min minute
mL milliliter
mod moderate
MOM Milk of magnesia
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
q every
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
qid four times a day
qns quantity not sufficient
qs quantity sufficient
qt quart
RBC Red blood cells
RN Register nurse
R/O Rule Out
ROM Range of Motion
R Right
Rx prescription
s Without
SOB Short of breath
ss one half
SSE Soap Suds enema
Staph Staphylococcus infection
strep streptococcus infection
Supp suppository
surg surgery
S/S Sign/ Symptoms
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