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abbrv. and symbols

medical abbreviations and symbols

TermDefinition
* < Less than (not used due to medical errors)
*> greater than (not used due to medical errors)
- c with
increased, elevated
decreased, lower, reduced
female
male
° degrees
Δ change
hx history
# pound or number
' foot or minute
" inch or second
• I or i or T one
•• II or ii or TT two
V five
X ten
L fifty
C one hundred
D five hundred
M one thousand
where do medical abbreviations come from? greek latin root word
why are medical abbreviations used? to save time and help it be easier for doctors to communicate
c/o complains
CXR chest x-ray
EKG electrocardiogram
CRT certified respiratory therapist
R/O rule out
D/C discontinue, discharge
Or operating room
prn whenever necessary, as needed
ac before meals
stat immediately, at once
RN registered nurse
wt weight
CI chloride or chlorine
Rx prescription, take, treatment
Ap apical pulse
T temperature
NPO nothing by mouth
spec specimen
- c with
-- ss with
- s without
pt patient
BP blood pressure
R respiration, rectal
Na sodium
CDC centers for Disease Control and Prevention
DRG diagnostic related group
LMP last menstrual period
MRSA methicillin, resistant; staphylococcus aureus
female
vp venipuncture, venous pressure
AED automated external defibrillation
HIPPA health insurance probability and accountability act
LTC long term case
BMI body mass index
TPR temperature pulse respiration
am morning, before noon
pm afternoon
gtts drops
bid twice a day
cc cubic centimeters
IM intramuscular
q every
h hours
oz ounces
oj orange juice
HS hour of sleep
Wt weight
Ht height
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
mL milliliter
N/S normal saline
IV intravenous
CCU critical/ coronary unit
NaCl sodium chloride
qt quart
H2O water
SSE soap solution enema
BLWK blood work
CBC complete blood count
BUN blood urea nitrogen
FBS fasting blood sugar
tab tablet
pt pint
cap capsule
po by mouth
mm millimeter
Hg mercury
NPO nothing by mouth
pre-op before operation
EENT ears eyes nose throat
OPD outpatient department
ObGyn obstetrics gynecology
IM intramuscular
VS vital signs
q2h every 2 hours
PT physical therapy
w/c wheel chair
ROM range of motion
ADL activities of daily living
FFl force fluids
cl liq clear liquids
NG nasogastric tube
GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease
Dx diagnosis
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
O2 oxygen 2
IPPB intermittent positive
ii two
po by mouth
tid three times a day
CVA cerebral vascular accident/ stroke
CT computed tomography
Rx take
KCL potassium chloride
IV intravenous
EMT emergency medical technician
ACLS advanced cardiovascular life support
NS normal saline
KVO keep vein open
SCD sequential compression device
PROM premature rupture of membranes
post- op after operation
Created by: briannalmaguer