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COMMON ABBREVIATIONS

Mix of Abbreviaitons

AbbreviationDefinition
1/2 NS one-half normal saline (0.45%)
a.s. AS left ear Derived from Latin, auris sinistra
aa of each Derived from Latin, ana
achs before meals and at bedtime
ad lib freely; as much as desired
ALT alanine aminotransferase Blood test that checks for liver damage.
amt. amount
ap before dinner
APAP Acetaminophen
ASA Asprin
AST aspartate aminotransferase
ATC around the clock
AZT zidovudine
AZT idovudine
BC Birth Conrol
BP blood pressure
BSA body surface area
C&S culture and sensitivity
C.C. chief complaint
Ca Calcium
CaCO3 calcium carbonate
CD controlled delivery
CHF Congestive Heart Failure
Cod Codeine
conc Concentrated
CPZ Compazine
CR Controlled Release
cr, crm cream
CV cardiovascular
CXR chest x-ray
D5/0.9 NaCl 5% dextrose and normal saline solution
D5W 5% dextrose in water
disp dispense
dL deciliter
DM Dextromethorphan
DM diabetes mellitus
DO Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Doxy Doxycycline
DVT deep vein thrombosis
EC Enteric coated
ER Extended Release
EtOH Ethyl Alcohol
F Fahrenheit
Fe Iron
FeSO4 Iron (Ferrous Sulfate)
fl or fld fluid
G, g, gm gram
GTT glucose tolerance test
GU genitourinary
h/o history of
HC Hydrocortisone Hydrocortisone
HCT hydrocortisone
HCT, or Hct hematocrit
HCTZ Hydrochlorothiazide
HS Half Strength
IBW ideal body weight
inf infusion
INH Isoniazid
IUD intrauterine device
IV intravenous
J joule
K Potassium
LA Long Acting
LPN licensed practical nurse
LR lactated ringer (solution)
Mg Magnesium
mm millimeter
mol wt molecular weight
MOM Milk of magnesia
MSO4 morphine sulfate
MTX Methotrexate
MVI Multivitamin
N/A not applicable
Na Sodium
NaCI/NS Normal Saline
NAS intranasal
NDC National Drug Code
NKDA no known drug allergies
NP nurse practitioner
NSAID Non-Steriod Anti-Inflammatory Drug
NTG Nitroglycerin
O2 oxygen
OC Oral Contraceptive
OJ orange juice
OR 1/2 apothecary; obsolete
oz ounce
PCA patient-controlled analgesia
PCN Penicillin
PE physical exam, pulmonary embolism
per by or through
per neb by nebulizer
PMH past medical history
PO, p.o. orally or by mouth
PT prothrombin time
PTU Propylthiouracil
pulv powder
q very
q.s., qs as much as needed; a sufficient quantity
q6h every 6 hours
q6PM every evening at 6 PM
qn Nightly or at bedtime
qod, QOD, q.o.d every other day
RA rheumatoid arthritis
Rx prescription
SA sustained action
SMZ/TMP ulfamethoxazole/ Trimethoprim
sol solution; in solution
sp gr specific gravity
SQ, SC, s ub q subcutaneously
SR Sustained Release
ss sliding scale (insulin)
stat immediately
syr. syrup
T temperature
TAC Triamcinolone
tbsp tablespoon
TCN Tetracycline
TIA transient ischemic attack
tid ac three times a day before meals
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone
w/v weight in volume
WBC white blood cell
XL, XR Extended Release
XR extended-release
yr year
Zn Zinc
Created by: SHELLY.VICKERS
 

 



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