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Medical Terminology

TermDefinition
@ at
ā before
abd abdomen
ac before meals
AD right ear
ADL Activities of Daily Living
am morning
AS Left ear
ASA aspirin
ASAP as soon as possible
AU both ears
bid twice a day
bl blood
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
c-with a line over it with
cap capsule
CBC Complete blood count
c/o complaints of
CVA cerebrovascular accident/stroke
d day
D/C discharge, discontinue
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR Do Not Rescuitate
DOA Dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
Dr doctor
Dx diagnosis
EMS EMergency Medical Services
exam examination
FBS Fasting blood sugar
Fx fracture
GB gall bladder
GI gastrointestinal
gtt(s) drop(s)
HBP high blood pressure
HOB head of bed
HOH hard of hearing
h or hr hour
HS hour of sleep
Ht height
hx history
I&O intake and output
IDDM insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
IM intramuscular
inj injection
IV intravenous
jt joint
LLQ left lower quardant
LMP last menstrual period
LUQ left upper quadrant
mg milligrams
ml milliliters
mm millimeters
N/A not applicable
N/C no complaints
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
N/V nausea/vomiting
OD right eye
OOB out of bed
OP outpatient
OR operating room
OS left eye
OTC over the counter
OU both eyes
p-with a line over it after
pc after meals
pm evening
po by mouth
post-op after surgery
pre-op before surgery
prn as needed; whenever necessary
pt patient
q every
qd every day
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
qhs every night at bedtime
qid four times a day
qod every other day
RLE right lower quadrant
Rt right
Lt left
ROM range of motion
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx prescription;treatment
s-with a line over it without
sc subcuatneous
SOB shortness of breath
tab tablet
tid three times a day
U/A urinalysis
VS vital signs
w/c wheelchair
WNL within normal limits
wt weight
XR xray
YOB year of birth
anti against
bi both, twice, two
carcin cancer
cardi heart
cephal head
cerebro brain
cyan blue
cyst bladder; sac
derm skin
dys painful; difficult
ectomy surgical removal of
emesis vomit
emia blood
gast stomach
hem blood
hepat liver
hyper high; excessive
hypo low, less
itis inflammation
latero side
logy study of
megaly enlarged
neo new
ologist person who studies
ology study of
oma tumor
osis condition
path disease
plasty surgical correction of
plegia paralysis
pulmon lungs
quad four
tach fast
brady slow
Created by: lmilam
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