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Medical Abbreviation

TermDefinition
A&O Alert and oriented
a.c. before meals (ante cibum)
ABA American Burn Association
ABG arterial blood gas
ACA Affordable Care Act
Ach acetylcholine
ACL anterior cruciate ligament
ACS American Cancer Society, acute coronary syndrome
ACTH adrenocorticotropic hormone
AD right ear
ADD attention deficit disorder
ADH antidiuretic hormone
ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
ADL activity of daily living
ad lib. freely as needed, at pleasure (ad libitum)
AFib atrial fibrillation
AHF antihemophilic factor
AI aortic insufficiency (and several others)
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ALD assistive listening device
ALL acute lymphocytic leukemia
ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
ALT alanine aminotransferase
AMA American Medical Association
AML acute myelogenous leukemia
ANA antinuclear antibody
AP anteroposterior (also others)
aq. water (aqua)
ARDS acute (or adult) respiratory distress syndrome
ARF acute renal failure
AROM active range of motion
AS left ear
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AST aspartate aminotransferase
AU each ear
AV, A-V atrioventricular
AVB atrioventricular block
baso basophil
BBT basal body temperature
b.i.d. twice a day (bis in die)
BMI body mass index
BMT bone marrow transplant
BP blood pressure
BPH benign prostatic hyperplasia
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx, bx biopsy
C Celsius
C&S culture and sensitivity
C1, C2, etc. first, second,etc., cervical vertebrae
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
CAL chronic airflow limitation
CBC, cbc complete blood cell
CC chief complaint
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHF congestive heart failure
CK (CPK) creatine kinase (formerly called creatine phosphokinase)
CLL chronic lymphocytic leukemia
cm centimeter
CML chronic myelogenous leukemia
CMV cytomegalovirus
CNS central nervous system
CO2 carbon dioxide
COLD chronic obstructive lung disease
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPAP continuous positive airway pressure (for sleep apnea)
CPD cephalopelvic disproportion
CPK creatine phosphokinase
CPM continuous passive motion
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPT Current Procedural Terminology
CRF chronic renal failure
CS, C-section cesarean section
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CSR Cheyne-Stokes respiration
CT, CAT computed tomography, computed and tomography
CTS carpal tunnel syndrome
CVA cerebrovascular accident (also costovertebral angle)
Cx cervix
D&C dilation and curettage
dB decibel
DCIS ductal carcinoma in situ
DIC disseminated intravascular coagulation
DJD degenerative joint disease
dL deciliter
DLE discoid lupus erythematosus
DM diabetes mellitus
DMARD disease-modifying antirheumatic drug
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
DOB date of birth
DRG diagnosis-related group
DRI dietary reference intake
DSA digital subtraction angiography
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
DTs delirium tremens
DTR deep tendon reflex
Dx diagnosis
EBV Epstein-Barr virus
Created by: Jonesb_92