Medical Abbreviations

Medical Abbreviations Medical Abbreviations. These Are Basic Medical Abbreviations That Will Help Anyone In The Medical Field.
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a, aa
 
of each
abd
 
abdomen
a.c.
 
before meals
ad lib
 
as desired
A & P
 
anterior and posterior
aq
 
aqueous, water
BE, ba.en.
 
barium enema
blf
 
black female
bib
 
drink
b.i.d., BID
 
twice a day
bm, BM
 
bowel movement
blm
 
black male
BP, B/P
 
Blood Pressure
BUN
 
blood urea nitrogen
c (with a line over it)
 
with
C
 
centrigrade
Ca
 
calcium
cap
 
capsule
CBC
 
complete blood count
CC
 
chief complaint
CCU
 
coronary care unit
CHF
 
congestive heart failure
cm3 (to the third power)
 
cubic centimeter
CNS
 
central nervous system
c/o
 
complains of
CO2
 
carbon dioxide
comp
 
compound
COPD
 
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPR
 
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CSF
 
cerebrospinal fluid
CVA
 
cerebrovascular accident
cysto
 
cystoscopy
D & C
 
dilation and curettage
Dil, dil
 
dilute
DOA
 
dead on arrival
DPT
 
diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
dr.
 
dram
dx, Dx
 
diagnosis
ECG
 
electrocardiogram
EEG
 
electroencephalogram
EENT
 
eye, ear, nose, throat
EKG
 
electrocardiogram
elix
 
elixir
ER
 
emergency room
et
 
and
expl lap
 
exploratory laparotomy
ext.
 
extract
F
 
fahrenheit or female
FBS
 
fasting blood sugar
FH
 
family history
fl
 
fluid
fl. dr.
 
fluid dram
fl. oz.
 
fluid ounce
Fx
 
fracture
GB
 
gallbladder
GI
 
gastrointestinal
Gm
 
general practiioner
gr
 
grain
gtt, Gtt, gtts
 
drop, drops
GU
 
genitourinary
GYN
 
gynecology
H, h
 
hour
HCL
 
hydrochloric acid
Hgb
 
hemoglobin
HPI
 
history of present illness
Hx
 
history
hypo
 
hypodermic, under
ICU
 
intensive care unit
I&D
 
incision and drainage
IM
 
intramuscular
inj
 
injection
I&O
 
intake and output
IPPB
 
intermittent positive pressure breathing
IT
 
inhalation therapy
IUD
 
intrauterine device
IV
 
intravenous
IVP
 
intravenous pyelogram
k
 
pottasium
KUB
 
kidney, ureter, and bladder
L, lb
 
pound
lat
 
lateral
liq
 
liquid
LLQ
 
left lower quadrant
LMP
 
last menstrual period
LUQ
 
left upper quadrant
m
 
minim
M
 
male
mm
 
millimete
MS
 
multiple sclerosis
NB
 
newborn
NKA
 
no known allergies
no.
 
number
noxt.
 
at night
NPO
 
nothing by mouth
N&V
 
nausea and vomiting
O
 
pint
OB
 
obstetrics
OD
 
overdose
OP
 
outpatient
OR
 
operating room
os
 
mouth
oz
 
ounce
Path
 
pathology
PBI
 
protein bound iodine
p.c.
 
after meals
Peds
 
pediatrics
per
 
through, by
PID
 
pelvice inflammatory disease
PKU
 
phenylketonuria
PO,p.o.
 
by mouth
prn
 
as desired, needed
pro time
 
prothrombin time
Psych
 
psychiatry
pt
 
patient, pint
pulv
 
powder
Px
 
physical exam
q
 
every
q 4 h
 
every 4 hours
qh
 
every hour
q.i.d., QID
 
four times a day
qns
 
quantity not sufficient
qs
 
quantity sufficient
qt
 
quart
R
 
right
Ra
 
radium
RBC
 
red blood cells
REM
 
rapid eye movement
rep
 
let it be repeated
R/O
 
rule out
ROM
 
range of motion
ROS
 
review of systems
Rx
 
prescription, take
s (with a line over it)
 
without
sig
 
instructions, directions
SOB
 
short of breath
sol
 
solution
solv
 
dissolve
s.o.s.
 
distress signal
sp. gr.
 
specific gravity
stat
 
immediately
syr.
 
syrup
T
 
temperature
T&A
 
tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy
tab
 
tablet
TIA
 
transient ischemic attack
t.i.d.
 
three times a day
tinct.
 
tincture
TPR
 
temperature, pulse, respiration
TUR
 
transurethral resection
UA
 
urinalysis
ung.
 
ointment
URI
 
upper respiratory infection
UTI
 
urinary tract infection
VD
 
venereal disease
vin
 
wine
VS
 
vital signs
WBC
 
white blood cells
WF
 
white female
WM
 
white male
WNL
 
within normal limits
wt., Wt.
 
weight
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