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Veterinary Terminology

Basic Terminology And Acronyms Used By Veterinarian Offices
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EOD
Every other day
SID
Once per day
BID
Twice per day
TID
Three times per day
QID
Four times per day
PRN
As needed
ETD
Every third day
TPR
Temperature, Pulse, Respiration
MM
Mucus Membrane
CRT
Capillary Refill Time
CV
Cardiovascular System (Heart & Vascular)
Resp
Respiratory System (Trachea, Bronchi & Lungs)
Abd
Abdomen
LN
Lymph Nodes
MS
Musculoskeletal System
EENT
Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat
Neuro
Neurologic System
Int
Integumentary System (Skin)
Uro
Urogenital System (Reproductive)
C
Coughing
S
Sneezing
V
Vomiting
D
Diarrhea
PD
Polydipsia (Increased Thirst)
PU
Polyuria (Increased Urination)
Lethargic
Depressed mentation/ Decreased energy/activity
DLH
Domestic Long Hair (feline)
DMH
Domestic Medium Hair (feline)
DSH
Domestic Short Hair (feline)
BAR
Bright, alert & responsive
QAR
Quiet, alert & responsive
Comatose/Obtund
Not responsive to any stimuli, unconscious
OD
Right eye
OS
Left eye
OU
Both eyes
AD
Right ear
AS
Left ear
AU
Both ears
IV
Intravenous
IM
Intramuscular
IN
Intranasal
IC
Intracardiac
IT
Intratracheal
SQ
Sub-cutaneous
PO
Per Os (by mouth)
q
"every" (i.e. 3 ml q 8 hrs PRN)


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