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Medical Abbreviation

*< Less than ( In the "do not use" list)
*> Greater than ( In the "do not use" list)
_ c with
Up Arrow ↑ Increased or elevated
Down Arrow ⇩ Decreased or lower, reduced
♀ or F Gender symbol meaning female
♂or M Gender symbol meaning male
° Degree
Hx History
# Pound or number
' Foot or minute
" Inch or second
I or cursive i or a "T" One
II or a cursive ii or "TT" Two
Roman numeral V Five
Roman numeral X Ten
Roman numeral L Fifty
Roman numeral C One hundred
Roman numeral D Five hundred
Roman numeral M One thousand
Why do you think medical abbreviations are used? I believe medical abbreviations are used for the purpose of making it much faster and simpler to say. It is also used to remember it in a shorter and easier way.
Where do medical terms and abbreviations come from? Medical terms and abbreviations come from Latin roots and Ancient Greek language.
D/C Discontinued or discharged
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
__ ss One half
_ s Without
pt Patient, pint (500 mL or cc)
BP Blood Pressure
R Respiration, rectal
Na Sodium
CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention
DRG Diagnostic Related Group
LMP Last Menstrual Period
MRSA Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus
vp Venipuncture, venous pressure
AED Automated External Defibrillation
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
LTC Long Term Care
BMI Body Mass Index
CXR Chest x-ray
EKG Electrocardiogram
c/o Complains of
CRT Certified Respiratory Therapist
R/O Rule out
ABG Arterial Blood Gas
CVA Cerebral Vascular Accident (Stroke)
AM Morning
gtts Drop, drops
bid Twice a day
cc Cubic centimeter
BR Bed rest
BRP Bathroom privileges
ECG Electrocardiogram
CCU Coronary care unit, Critical care unit
Bl Wk Blood work
CBC Complete Blood Count
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
Cap Capsule
EENT Ear, eye, nose, throat
Gyn gynecology
ADL Activities of daily living
FFl Force fluids
cl liq Clear liquids
GERD Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Dx Diagnosis
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CT Computerized tomography
EMT Emergency medical technician
ACLS Advanced cardiac life support
I&O Intake and output
ICD International Classification of Diseases
IM Intramuscular
h Hour, hours
HS Hour of sleep (bedtime)
mL milliliter
N/S, NS Normal saline, neurosurgery
IV Intravenous
NaCI Sodium chloride (salt)
H2O Water
mm Millimeter
Hg Mercury
mg miligram
NG Nasogastric tube
IPPB Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing
KCl Potassium Chloride
KVO Keep vein open
QOD Every other day
YOB Year of birth
q Every
oz Ounce
OJ Orange Juice
qt Quart
Subq, SQ Subcutaneous
P Pulse, phosphorous
SSE Soap Suds Enema
tab Tablet
po By mouth
pc After meals
pre-op Before an operation
OPD Outpatient department or clinic
Ob Obstetrics
VS Vital signs (TPR and BP)
Sx Symptom, sign
WBC White Blood Cell
PT Physical Therapy/Therapist
w/c Wheelchair
ROM Range of motion
O2 Oxygen
Sig Give the following directions
tid Three times a day
SCD Sequential Compression Device
PROM Passive Range of Motion
post-op After an operation
Tx Treatment
Created by: NataliaO