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OSU Med Abbreviation

Medical Abbreviations, Colors, for Terminology Class

QuestionAnswer
albus white
chloro green
chrom color
cirrhos yellow
cyano blue
erythr red
leuko white
melano black
polio gray
purpura purple, porphyria
rhodo rose
rubeo red
xantho yellow
CMA Certified Medical Assistant
CNA Certified Nursing Aide
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
LVN Licensed Vocational Nurse
LPN Licensed Practical Nurse
MD Medical Doctor
ME Medical Examiner
MLT Medical Lab Technologist
NP Nurse Practitioner
OT Occupational Therapist
PA Physician's Assistant
PT Physical Therapist
RHIT Registered Health Information Technician, formerly ART (Accredited Record Technologist)
RN Registered Nurse
RRT, RT Registered Respiratory Therapist, Respiratory Therapist
a before
aa of each
abd abdominal
a.c. before meals (Latin - ante cibum)
ADL activity of daily living
ad lib as desired
a.m. morning
amt. amount
AROM active range of motion
AX axillary (refers to temperature under the arm)
BID two times a day (Latin - bis in die)
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BRP bathroom privileges
C Celsius
cal calorie
cath catheter
CBR complete bed rest
cc cubic centimeter
CN charge nurse
CNS central nervous system
c/o complains of
DC discontinue
DON director of nurses
JACH Joint Accreditation Commission of Hospitals
Dr. doctor
DX diagnosis
F Fahrenheit
fx fracture
GI gastrointestinal
gtt drop (Latin - gutta)
GU genitourinary
h hour
H2O water
HOB head of bead
HOH hard of hearing
HS hour of sleep
I/O intake and output
IV intravenous
kg kilogram
L liter
lb. pound
LE/LLE/LUE lower extremity; left lower extremity; left upper extremity
Lt. left
MI myocardial infarction
mm millimeter
noc night (Latin - nocte)
NPO nothing by mouth
N/V nausea and vomiting
O.D. right eye (Latin - oculus dexter)
OOB out of bed
O.S. left eye (Latin - oculus sinister)
O.U. both eyes (Latin - oculus uterque)
oz. ounce
P pulse
p.c. after meals (Latin - post cibum)
PO by mouth (Latin - per os)
p.m. evening (Latin - post meridiem) "after noon"
prn as needed (Latin - pro re nata) "for an occasion that has arisen"
PROM passive range of motion
pt. patient
qd every day (Latin - quaque die) (usually 9 am)
qh every hour (Latin - quaque hora)
q2h every two hours
qid four times a day (Latin - quater in die) (usually 9 am, 1 pm, 5 pm, & 9 pm)
qod every other day (Latin - quaque outro die)
QNS quantity not sufficient (Latin - quantum non sufficit)
QS quantity sufficient (Latin - quantum sufficit)
R respirations
RE/RUE/RLE right extremity; right upper extremity; right lower extremity
ROM range of motion
Rx prescription "recipe of prescription"
sig. write; to be labeled
SOB shortness of breath
ss half (Latin - solo semi)
SSE soap suds enema
staph staphylococcus
stat immediately (Latin - statim)
strep streptococcus (Strepto means twisted)
syr syrup
T temperature
tab tablet
tbsp. tablespoon
tid three times a day (Latin - ter in die) (usually 9 am, 1 pm, & 5 pm)
TO telephone order
TPR temperature, pulse, & respirations
tsp. teaspoon
UP universal precautions
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
v.o. verbal order
v.s. vital signs (include BP, T, P, & R)
W/C wheelchair
wt. weight
CCU coronary care unit; critical care unit
CS central supply
EENT eyes, ears, nose, & throat
ER emergency room
GI lab gastrointestinal lab
lab laboratory
MICU medical intensive care unit
NICU neuro intensive care unit; neonatal intensive care unit
OB-GYN obstetrics & gynecology, or obstetrician gynocologist
OR operating room
pedi pediatrics
PT physical therapy
RT respiratory therapy
SICU surgical intensive care unit
ABG arterial blood gas
ACP acute care panel (also known as an electrolyte panel)
BUN blood urea nitrogen
CBC complete blood count
chem. chemistry
CSF cerebral spinal fluid
CXR chest X ray
DPT diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
FBS fasting blood sugar
HCT hematocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
lytes electrolytes
O ova and parasites
O2 oxygen
RBC red blood cells
TB tuberculosis
UA urinalysis
WBC white blood cells
Ca calcium
Cl chloride
CRE creatinine
Fe iron
Glu glucose
K+ potassium
Na sodium
NaHCO3 sodium bicarbonate
anterior front side
distal farthest point away from
dorsal backside
high fowlers sitting at a 90 degree angle
inferior below
lateral side of
medial middle
peripheral on the edge of or outside of
posterior rear or back of
prone lie on the front side facedown
proximal nearest
superior above
supine lie on back
transverse across
ventral to the belly
c & s culture and sensitivity
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