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Med. Abbrev

Medical Abbreviations

A Assessment
- a before
ac before meals
ADL activities of daily life
ad lib as desired
AIDS acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome
am morning
amb ambulate, ambulatory
amt amount
AP anterior posterior
ASA aspirin
ASAP as soon as possible
av atrioventricular
ax axillary
B bilateral
bid twice a day
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BS blood sugar, bowel sounds, breath sounds
Bx biopsy
- c with
C celsius
CA cancer
CBC complete blood count
CC chief complaint
cc cubic centimeter
CHF congestive heart failure
cm centimetere
CNS central nervous system
c/o complains of
co2 carbon dioxide
COPD chronic obstuctive pulmonary disease
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computer tomography
CVA cerebrovascular accident
CXR chest x-ray
d day
dc discontinue
DM diabetes mellitus
DNR do not resuscitate
DOA dead on arrival
DOB date of birth
DRG diagnosis-related broup
DVT deep vein thrombosis
Dx diagnosis
ECG/EKG electrocardiogram
EEG electroencephalogram
EMG electromyogram
ENT eqar,nose,and throat
ETA estimated time of arrival
ETOH alcohol
F Fahrenheit
FBS fasting blood sugar
FUO fever of undetermineded origin fracture
fx fracture
g/gm gram
GERD gastrosophageal reflux disease
GI Gastrointestinal
gtt drops
GTT glucose tolerance test
GU genitourinary
GYN gynecology
h hour
HA headache
HBV hepatitis B virus
Hct hematocrit
HEENT head, eyeyes, ears, nose, throat
Hg mercury
hgb/hb hemoglobin
h2o water
h2o2 hydrogen peroxide
HIB haemophilus influenzae type be
HIV human immunodeficidency virus
H&P or HxPx history and physical
HR heart rate
hs hour of sleep
ht height
hx history
icu intensive care unit
iddm insulin-dependant diabetes mellitus
i&D incision and drainage
i&O intake and output
IP inpatient
IV intravenouss
K/K+ potassium
kg kilogram
L left
l/i liter
ib or # pound
l&D labor and delievery
LLQ left lower quadrant
LMP last menstrual period
LOC level of consciousness
LUQ mg(m) left upper quadrant milligram
MI myocardial infarction
ml milliliter
mm millimeter
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
na/na+ sodium
n/a not applicable
NB new born
NCR no cardiac resuscitation
neg negative
NKA no known allergies
nkda no known drug allergies
noct night
npo nothing by mouth
ns normal saline
n&v nausea and vomiting
o2 oxygen
OA osteoarthritis
ob obstetrics
OD overdose or right eye
oint ointment
OP outpatient
OR operating room
OS left eye
OTC over-the-counter
OU both eyes
OV office visit
oz ounce
_ p after
P pulse
PDR physicians desk reference
PE pulmonary embolus or physical exam
PEDS pediatrics
per by or through
PET positron emission tomography
PK pain killer
pm night
PMS pre-menstrual syndrome
PO orally, by mouth
PRN as needed
q every
qam every morning
qd every day
q_d every_hour
qid four times daily
R rectal or respirations
(R) right
RA rheumatoid arthritis
RBC red blood cell or red blood count
reg regular
RICE rest,ice,compression,and elevation
RLQ right lower quadrant
R/O Rule out
ROM range of motion
ROS review of systems
RRR regular rate and rhythm
RTC return to clinic
Rx take or prescriotion
_ s without
SA sinoartial node
SIDS sudden infant syndrome
sig instructions or directions
sm small
SO standing order OR significant other
SOAP subjective,objective, assesment, plan
sq/subcu/subq subcutaneous
S&S signs and symptoms
stat imediately
STD sexually transmitted diseases
T temperature
tab tablet
TB tuberculosis
tbs tablespoon
TCDB turn,cough,deep breathe
temp temperature
tid three times daily
TM tympanic membrane
TPR temperature,pulse,and respiration
tsp teaspoon
tx therapy or treatment
U unit
UA urinalysis
UNK unkown
URI upper respitory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
UV ultra-violet
VA visual acuity
VBAC vaginal birth after c-section
VS vital signs
VSS vital signs stable
w/a when awake
WBC white blood cells OR white blood count
w/c wheel chair
wk week
WNL within normal limits
Wt weight
YOB year of birth
yr year
> greater than
< less than
+ positive
- negative
~ approximately
% percent
T check
Created by: morganprice