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Medical Terms

Medical Terms by @kaitlyncruz

increased or elevated
decreased or lower; reduced
M or ♂ male
F or ♀ female
º 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
> greater than
< less than
D/C discharge/discontinue
OR operating room
prn whenever necessary, as needed
ac before meals
stat immediately, at once
RN registered nurse
wt weight
Cl chloride or chlorine
Rx prescription
AP apical pulse
T temperature
NPO nothing by mouth
spec specimen
s̄s̄ one half
pt patient, pint (500 mL)
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-resistand 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
c/o complains of
Dr doctor
CXR chest x-ray
EKG/ECG electrocardiogram
QOD every other day
CRT certified respiratory therapist
ABG arterial blood gas
R/o rule out
CVA cerebral vascular accident
Why are medical abbreviations used? to make writing shorter for doctors
Where does medical terminology and abbreviations come from? Greek & Latin roots
What is the "Do Not Use List"? list created by JCAHO used to identify symbols/abbreviations that are dangerous to patients due to medical errors.
gtts drops
am/AM morning (before noon)
bid twice a day
cc cubic centimeters
BRP bathroom privileges
BR bed rest
CCU coronary care unit; critical care unit
BLWK bloodwork
CBC complete blood count
BUN blood urea nitrogen
FBS fasting blood sugar
cap capsule
EENT eyes, ears, nose, and 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
Ht height
mL milliliter
N/S, NS normal saline, neurosurgery
IV intrevenous
NaCl sodium chloride (salt)
H2O water
mm millimeter
Hg mercury
mg milligram
NG, ng, N/G nasogastric tube
IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
KCL potassium chloride
KVO keep vein open
hs hour of sleep
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
pm in the afternoon, in the evening
H hydrogen
q, q with a line on top every
oz ounce
OJ orange juice
qid four times a day
tsp teaspoon
qt quart, equal to 32 ounces
SSE soap solution (suds) enema
tab tablet
po by mouth
pc after meals
pre-op before an operation
OPD outpatient department
OPC outpatient clinic
ob obstretrics
VS vital signs (TPR & BP)
q2h every 2 hours
w/c wheelchair
ROMs 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
Created by: kaitlyncruz