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Abbr - MedTerm

abd. abdomen
ABG Arterial Blood Gas
a.c. before meals
ad lib as desired
adm admission
am/AM morning (midnight to noon)
amb ambulate/walk
amt. amount
approx. approximately
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
ASA aspirin
ASAP as soon as possible
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AU both ears
ax axillary, armpit
BE barium enema
bid/BID twice a day
bm/BM bowel movement
B/P (or BP) blood pressure
BR, br bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
BS blood sugar
bx biopsy
CA cancer
Ca calcium
CAT Computerized Axial Tomography
cath. catheter
CBC complete blood count
CC (both uppercase) chief complaint
cc (both lowercase) cubic centimeters
CCU coronary care unit
CHF Congestive Heart Failure
Cl chloride
cl liq clear liquids
cm centimeters
c/o complains of
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CS central supply
CVA cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
D&C dilatation and curettage
dc-d/c discontinue
Del.Rm. delivery room
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DON director of nursing
Dr. doctor
dsg dressing
dx diagnosis
ECG/EKG electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
EENT eye, ear,nose,and throat
ER emergency room
Exc excision
Exp exploratory
FBS fasting blood sugar
Fe iron
FF force fluid
Fl or fl fluid
ft foot
FUO fever of unknown origin
fx fracture
GB gallbladder
g gram
GI gastrointestinal
gr grain
gtt drop
GU genitourinary
Gyn gynecology
H Hydrogen
HA Headache
HBV Hepaitis B virus
Hct Hematocrit
Hg Mercury
Hgb Hemoglobin
HOB Head of bed
hr Hour
hs Bedtime, hour of sleep
ht Height
hyper Above, high
hypo below, low
ICU Intensive care unit
I&D Incision and drainage
I&O Intake and output
IM Intramuscular
inj Injection
int Internal, interior
irrig Irrigation
IV Intravenous
IVP Intravenous pyelogram
K Potassium
KCl Potassium Chloride
Kg or kg Kilogram
KUB Kidney, ureter and bladder x-ray
L&D Labor and delivery
L left/liter
lab laboratory
Lap laparotomy
lb pound
liq. Liquid
LLQ left lower quadrant
LP lumbar puncture
LPN licensed practical nurse
LUQ left upper quadrant
LVN licensed vocational nurse
M.D. medical doctor
med. Medicine
mEq millequivalent
mg milligram
MI Myocardial Infarction
mL milliliter
mm millimeter
MRI magnetic resonance Imaging
min. minute
Na sodium
NA nurse aide/nursing assistant
NaCl sodium chloride
ng nasogastric tube
noct, noc. night
NPO nothing by mouth
N/S normal saline
N&V nausea and vomiting
O&P ova and parasites
Ob obstetrics
Od overdose
OD right eye
OOB/oob out of bed
OPD outpatient department
OR operating room
OS left eye
ord. orderly
ORTH orthopedics
O.T. occupational therapy
OU both eyes
oz ounce
PAP papanicolaou smear
Path pathology
pc after meals
PDR physician's Desk Reference
PEDS pediatrics
per by, through
pH Measure of acidity/alkalinity
PID pelvic imflammatory disease
pm/PM afternoon(noon to midnight)
po by mouth
post after
postop, PostOp postoperative
pre before
preop, PreOp before surgery
prn whenever necessary, when required
Pt, pt patient
P.T. physical therapy
qd every day
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
q3h every 3 hours
q4h every 4 hours
qhs every night at bedtime
qid, QID four times a day
qod,QOD every other day
qs quantity sufficient
qt quart
R respiration or rectal
r rectal
RBC red blood cell
RLQ right lower quadrant
RN registered nurse
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
R.R. recovery room
RT respiratory therapy
RUQ right upper quadrant
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
sob short of breath
spec. specimen
sp gr specific gravity
SSE soap solution enema
stat at once, immediately
surg. surgery
TB tuberculosis
tbsp tablespoon
TIA transient ischemic attack
TID/tid three times a day
TPR temperature,pulse,and respiration
tsp teaspoon
tx traction
UA or U/A urinalysis
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
VS vital signs
WBC white blood count
w/c wheelchair
wt weight
x times (2x is 2 times)
x-match cross match
> greater than
< less than
I one
V five
X ten
L fifty
C one hundred
D five hundred
M one thousand
N/A not applicable
CNA certified nursing assistant
# pound (or number sign)
Created by: nstevens
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