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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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