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Abbreviations A

@ at
_ a before
A&D admission and discharge
A&P anterior and posterior, anatomy and physiology
__ aa of each
Ab abortion
abd abdomen, abdominal
ABG anterior blood gas
ac before meals
ACLS advanced cardiac life support
ACTH adrenocorticotropic hormone
AD right ear
ADH antidiuretic hormone
ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
adm admission
AED automated external defibrillation
AHA American Hospital Association
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
AL assisted living
am, AM morning, before noon
AMA American Medical Association, against medical advice
amal amalgam
amb ambulate, walk
amt amount
ANA American Nurses' Association
ANP advanced nurse practitioner
ANS autonomic nervous system
ant anterior
AP apical pulse
approx approximately
aq, aqua aqueous (water based)
ARC AIDS-related complex
ARF acute renal failure
AS left ear
as tol as tolerated
ASA aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
ASAP as soon as possible
ASCVD arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AU both ears
Ax axilla, axillary, armpit