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Medical Terminology: Abbreviations

a before
aa of each
abd abdominal
ADL Activities of Daily Living
ad lib as desired
a.m. morning, before noon
amt. amount
AROM Active Range of Motion
AX Axillary (armpit)
b.i.d. twice a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
C Celsius
ĉ with
cal calcium
cath catheter
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CHF congestive heart failure
cm centimeter
CN charge nurse
CNS central nervous system
c/o complains of
DC discontinue
DON Director of Nurses
Dr. Doctor
Dx Diagnosis
F Fahrenheit
Fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
GU genitourinary
gtt drop
h hour
H²O Water
HOB Head of Bed
HOH Hard of Hearing
hs hours of sleep
I/O Input/Output
IV intravenous
kg kilogram
L liter
lb. pound
LE left extremity
LLE Lower Left Extremity
LUE Left Upper Extremity
RE Right Extremity
RLE Right Lower Extremity
RUE Right Upper Extremity
Lt. left
MI Myocardial Infarction
mm millimeter
noc night
NPO nothing by mouth
N/V Nausea & Vomiting
O.D. right eye
O.S. left eye
O.U. both eyes
OOB Out of Bed
oz. ounce
P pulse
p.c. after meals
PO by mouth
p.m. after noon
prn, PRN as needed, as required
PROM Passive Range of Motion
pt. patient
qd everyday
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
qid four times a day
qod every other day
QNS Quantity Not Sufficient
QS Quantity Sufficient
® Rectal
R respiration
Rx Prescription
š without
sig. write on label
SOB shortness of breath
ss only half
SSE soap suds enema
staph staphylococcus
stat at once, immediately
strep streptococcus
syr syrup
T temperature
tbsp. tablespoon
t.i.d. three times a day
TO Telephone Order
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
tsp. teaspoon
UP Universal Precautions
URI Upper Respiratory Infection
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
v.o. Verbal Order
V.S. Vital Signs
w/c wheelchair
wt. weight
CCU Coronary Care Unit
CS Central Supply
EENT Ears, Eyes, Nose & Throat
ER Emergency Room
GI lab Gastrointestinal Lab
lab laboratory
MICU Medical Intensive Care Unit
NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
NICU Neurological Intensive Care Unit
OB-GYN Obstetrics & Gynecology
OR Operating Room
Pedi Pediatrics
PT Physical Therapy
RT Respiratory Therapy
SICU Surgical Intensive Care Unit
ABG Arterial Blood Gases
ACP Acute Care Panel
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen
C&S Culture & Sensitivity
CBC Complete Blood Count
chem. chemistry/chemical
CSF Cerebro Spinal Fluid
CXR Chest X-Ray
DPT Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
HCT hematocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
lytes electrolytes
O&P Ova & Parasites
RBC Red Blood Cells
TB Tuberculosis
U/A Urine Analysis
WBC White Blood Cells
Cl Chloride
CRE creatinine
Fe Iron
Glu glucose
K+ potassium
Na Sodium
NaHC03 Sodium Bicarbonate
Created by: chester