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Med Abbreviations

Semester 1 final terms

a before
abd. abdomen, abduction
ad lib as desired
AD alzheimer’s disease
add. adduction
ADD attention deficit disorder
AED automated external defibrillator
ADL activities of daily living
aka also known as
a.m. morning, before meridian
amb. ambulate
amt. amount
ARF acute renal failure
as tol as tolerated
ax axillary
bil bilateral
b.i.d. twice a day
bld blood
BM bowel movement
BP, B/P blood pressure
BPM breaths per minute, beats per minute
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BSE breast self exam
Bx biopsy
BUN blood urea nitrogen
C celsius
cal calorie
CC chief complaint
c with
CA cancer, calcium
cath. catheter
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CAD coronary artery disease
CBR complete bed rest
CBC complete blood count
cc cubic centimeter
CCU coronary care unit
CDC centers for disease control and prevention
chol cholesterol
CHF congestive heart failure
cl liq clear liquids
cm cubic millimeter, centimeter
C.N.A. certified nursing assistant
C.M.A. certified medical assistant
C.N.P. certified nurse practitioner
c/o complains of
CO2 carbon dioxide
cond. condition
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CP cerebral palsy, chest pain
CRF chronic renal failure
CS central supply
CTS carpal tunnel syndrome
CVA cerebral vascular accident
Cx cervix
CXR chest x-ray
E etiology
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram, electrocardiograph
EMT emergency medical technician
ENT ears, nose, and throat
ER emergency room
Ex, exam examination
do not resuscitate
dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DPT diphtheria
Dx diagnosis
DS down syndrome
DVT deep vein thrombosis
E etiology
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram, electrocardiograph
EMT emergency medical technician
ENT ears, nose, and throat
ER emergency room
Ex, exam examination
FB foreign body
FBS fasting blood sugar
FDA food and drug administration
Fx, fx fracture
g gram
GB gallbladder
Gc gonorrhea
GE gastroenteritis
GERD gastroesophageal reflux disease
GP general practice, general practitioner
gtt(s) drop(s)
GTT glucose tolerance test
GYN gynecology
GU genitourinary
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HOB head of bed
hr, h hour
HR heart rate
HRT hormone replacement therapy
HTN hypertension
Hx, hx history
I & D incision and drainage
I & O intake and output
ICU intensive care unit
ID intradermal
IM intramuscular
Isol. isolation
IT inhalation therapy
IV intravenous
IVP intravenous pyelogram, intravenous push
Jt. joint
kg kilogram
KUB kidneys, ureters, and bladder
lb pound
L & D labor and delivery
LLQ left lower quadrant
LMP last menstrual period
LOC level of consciousness, loss of consciousness
LUQ left upper quadrant
LVN licensed vocational nurse
MA medical assistant
MD doctor of medicine
mg, mgm milligram
ml milliliter
mm millimeter
MMR measles, mumps, rubella
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
MS multiple sclerosis
N & V nausea and vomiting
NA nursing assistant
N/A not applicable
neg. negative
NKA no known allergies
NKDA no known drug allergies
noc., noct. night
NPO, no per os nothing by mouth
NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
OA osteoarthritis
OB obstetrics
OB/GYN obstetrics and gynecology
OCD obsessive compulsive disorder
OOB out of bed
OP outpatient
OR operating room
ORIF open reduction internal fixation
os mouth
OT occupational therapy, occupational therapist
OTC over the counter
O2 oxygen
oz ounce
p, P after
pc post cibum, after a meal
PDR physician desk reference
per by, through
PFT pulmonary function test
P.M. afternoon, evening, post meridian
po, per os by mouth
Post op
Pre op
PPD purified protein derivative
prn as needed
pt. patient
P.T. physical therapy, physical therapist
q every
qam every morning
qh every hour
q2h every two hours
q3h every three hours
q.i.d. four times per day
qs every shift
QS quantity sufficient
Quad quadrant
RA rheumatoid arthritis
reg. regular
resp. respiratory
R/O rule out
RLQ right lower quadrant
ROM range of motion
RR recovery room, respiratory rate
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx prescription
s without
SC subcutaneous
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
Sig give the following directions
sm. small
SNF skilled nursing facility
SOB shortness of breath
sol. solution
sos if needed
ss half
stat immediately
Strep streptococcus infection
STD sexually transmitted disease
Sx symptom
T & A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
tab(s) tablets
TB tuberculosis
tbsp tablespoon
temp. temperature
THR total hip replacement
TIA transient ischemic attack
t.i.d. three times per day
TKR total knee replacement
tol tolerated
T.O. telephone order
TPR temperature, pulse, respirations
TSE testicular self
TSH thyroid stimulating hormone
tsp teaspoon
Tx treatment
UA urinalysis
umb umbilical
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VA visual acuity
VD venereal disease
V.O. verbal order
VS vital signs
w/c wheelchair
w/o without
Wt. weight
XR x-ray
yr year
< less than
> greater than
inch, second
♀ or F female
♂ or M male
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