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Using Medical Terms

Medical Terminology Abbreviations

a (with line over it) before
A&D admission and discharge
aa (with line over it) of each
ac before meals
AD right ear
ad lib as desired
ADL activities of daily living
amb ambulate, walk
AP apical pulse
AS left ear
as tol as tolerated
ASA aspirin
AU both ears
A&W alive and well
Ax axilla, axillary, armpit
bid twice a day
Bl Wk blood work
BM bowel movement
BMR basal metabolic rate
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
BUN blood urea nitrogen
Bx, bx biopsy
c (with line over it), w/ with
Ca calcium
CA cancer
CBC complete blood count
ck check
Cl Chloride or chlorine
cl liq clear liquids
co, c/o complains of
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP cerebral palsy
CSF cerebral spine fluid
CVA cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
d day
D&C dilatation and curettage
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DOD date of death
Dx, dx diagnosis
ea each
ECG, EKG electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
ENT ear, nose, throat
ER emergency room
Ex, exam examination
Exc excision
ext extract, extraction, external
FBS fasting blood sugar
FF, FFl force fluids
GI gastrointestinal
gt, gtt, gtts drop, drops
HBP high blood pressure
Hg mercury
HOH hard of hearing
Hr, hr, H, h hour, hours
HS hour of sleep (bedtime)
IM intramuscular
inj injection
IUD intrauterine device
IV intravenous
jt joint
K potassium
L lumbar
L&D labor and delivery
LCT long-term care
LMP last menstrual period
LUQ left upper quadrant
Created by: pkieffer