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Med Abbrev

Abbreviations for Medical Professionals

AbbreviationMeaning
ac before meals
ad lib as desired; freely
H2O aqueous: water
OPD outpatient department
bid twice a day
ORTH orthopedics
OOB out of bed
cc cubic centimeter
O.T. occupational therapy
ECG/EKG electrocardiogram
EENT eye, ear, nose, and throat
DC discontinue
d/c discontinue
EEG electroencephalogram
ER emergency room
GU genitourinary
amb ambulate/walk
LVN licensed vocational nurse
Dx diagnosis
ADL activities of daily life
abd abdomen
LPN licensed practical nurse
Gyn gynecology
gm gram
gr grain
gtt drop/drops (Latin: gutta)
H hypodermically
HA headache
h or hr hour
HS at bedtime
ID intradermal
inj injection
I&O intake and output
iss 1 1/2 or one and a half
IV intravenous
IVPB I V piggyback
kg kilogram
KVO keep vein open
L liter
lb pound
liq liquid
m minimum
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalent
mg milligram
mL milliliter
NG nasogastric
NKA no known allergies
NPO nothing by mouth
noc night
NS normal saline
N&V nausea and vomiting
OD right eye
OS left eye
OTC over the counter
OU both eyes
oz ounce
PB piggyback or IVPB
pc after meals
po or per os by mouth
prn as needed or when necessary
pt pint
pwd powder
q every
qd every day
qh every hour
qid four times a day
q4h every 4 hours
q6h every 6 hours
q8d every 8 hours
qod every other day
qs as much as is sufficient
qt quart
Rx take: by prescription
SL sublingual
SOL solution
SC subcutaneous
SOS if necessary
susp suspension
ss 1/2
stat immediately
supp suppository
syr syrup
T or Tbs tablespoon
t or tsp teaspoon
tab tablet
TKO to keep open
tid three times a day
tr or tinct tincture
U units
adm addmission
amt amount
pc after meals
M.D. medical doctor
GI gastrointestinal
qhs every night at bedtime
ROM range of motion
fx fracture
ft foot
*F degrees Fahrenheit
P.T. physical therapy
w/c wheelchair
s without
sob short of breath
spec specimen
wt weight
r rectal
Del. Rm. delivery room
cs central supply
CBC complete Blood Count
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CO2 carbon dioxide
c/o complains of
CCU coronary care unit
cc cubic centimeters
CVA cerebrovascular accident/stroke
*C centigrade/ degree celsius
c with
CA cancer
cath catheter
BRP bathroom privileges
BR bed rest
BM bowel movement
ax axillary/armpit
AM morning
approx approximately
PEDS pediatrics
per by/through
PM afternoon-night
post after
po by mouth
R.R. recovery room
Ob obstetrics
ng nasogastric tube
noct, noc. night
O2 oxygen
Created by: JohnW
 

 



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