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QuestionAnswer
p with line over it after
PAP Papanicolaou smear
Path pathology
Pc after meals
PDR Physician's Desk Reference
per by or through
pH measure of acidity/alkalinity
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
po by mouth
pre-op before an operation
prn as necessary
pt patient or pint
PT physical therapy
q every
qd every day
qh every hour
q2h every 2 hours
qhs every night at bedtime
qid four times a day
qs quantity sufficient
qt quart
R respiration or rectal
R with circle around it right
RBC red blood cell
RLQ right lower quadrant
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
RR recovery room
RT respiratory therapist
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx prescription, take
S sugar and acetone
s with line over it without
sc subcutaneous
SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
SOB short of breath
sp gr specific gravity
ss with line over it one half
SSE soap solution enema
stat immediately
T tonsils and adenoids
TB tuberculosis
tbsp tablespoon
TIA transient ischemic attack
tid three times a day
TLC tender loving care
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
up arrow increase, elevate, higher
down arrow decrease, lower
# number or pound sign
I one
V five
X ten
L fifty
C one hundred
D five hundred
M one thousand
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