Clinical Abbreviations Part 1

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Clinical Abbreviations Part 1 - Quiz

Clinical nursing abbreviations


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  • 1. 

    A

  • 2. 

    Aa

  • 3. 

    AAOX3

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "awake, alert, oriented". This is a common medical abbreviation used to describe a patient's mental status. "Awake" refers to the patient being conscious and aware of their surroundings. "Alert" indicates that the patient is responsive and attentive. "Oriented" means that the patient is aware of their own identity, the current time and place, and the situation at hand.

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  • 4. 

    Abd

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "abdomen, abdominal" because both words are related to the same body part. The term "abdomen" refers to the region of the body between the chest and the pelvis, while "abdominal" is an adjective form of the word, used to describe anything related to the abdomen. Therefore, both words are closely related and can be used interchangeably in certain contexts.

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  • 5. 

    ABG

    Explanation
    Arterial blood gases (ABG) refers to a test that measures the levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pH in the arterial blood. This test helps to assess the efficiency of lung function and the overall acid-base balance in the body. By analyzing the ABG results, healthcare professionals can evaluate respiratory and metabolic disorders, such as respiratory failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and metabolic acidosis. Therefore, the given answer "arterial blood gases" accurately represents the meaning of the abbreviation ABG.

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  • 6. 

    A.c.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "before meals" because it is a commonly used abbreviation for the Latin phrase "ante cibum," which means "before meals." This term is often used in medical contexts to indicate when a medication should be taken, typically on an empty stomach before eating. Taking medication before meals can help enhance its absorption and effectiveness.

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  • 7. 

    ADA

    Explanation
    The correct answer is American Diabetic Association. ADA stands for American Diabetic Association, which is a non-profit organization that aims to improve the lives of people with diabetes. They provide resources, education, and support to individuals with diabetes, as well as advocate for policies and research to prevent and cure diabetes.

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  • 8. 

    Abn

  • 9. 

    ADL

    Explanation
    ADL stands for activities of daily living. These are the basic tasks that individuals perform on a daily basis, such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and mobility. These activities are essential for maintaining independence and quality of life. ADLs are often used as a measure of a person's functional ability and can be used to assess their level of independence or to determine the need for assistance or support.

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  • 10. 

    Ad lib

  • 11. 

    AFB

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "acid fast bacillus" because AFB stands for acid fast bacillus. Acid fast bacillus refers to a group of bacteria that have a unique ability to retain a stain even when treated with acid. This staining property is used in the laboratory to identify certain types of bacteria, particularly Mycobacterium species, which include the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis and leprosy. Therefore, AFB is commonly used as an abbreviation for acid fast bacillus in medical and microbiology contexts.

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  • 12. 

    AKA

  • 13. 

    A.m.

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "before noon, morning" because "a.m." stands for "ante meridiem" in Latin, which means "before noon." It is used to refer to the time period from midnight to noon. In common usage, "a.m." is often associated with the morning hours. Therefore, "before noon" and "morning" are both valid interpretations of "a.m."

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  • 14. 

    AMA

  • 15. 

    Amt.

  • 16. 

    ASA

    Explanation
    ASA is an abbreviation commonly used to refer to aspirin. Aspirin is a common over-the-counter medication used for pain relief, reducing inflammation, and preventing blood clots. Therefore, the correct answer is aspirin.

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  • 17. 

    ASCVD

    Explanation
    ASCVD stands for arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease. This term refers to a condition where there is a build-up of plaque in the arteries, leading to a narrowing and hardening of the blood vessels. This can result in various cardiovascular problems such as heart attack, stroke, or peripheral artery disease. The term "arteriosclerotic" specifically indicates the involvement of atherosclerosis, which is the most common form of arterial plaque formation. Therefore, ASCVD is a comprehensive term encompassing the different manifestations of cardiovascular disease caused by arteriosclerosis.

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  • 18. 

    ASHD

    Explanation
    The given answer, arteriosclerotic heart disease, is a possible explanation for the acronym ASHD. Arteriosclerotic heart disease refers to the narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This condition is commonly caused by the buildup of plaque, leading to reduced blood flow and potential complications such as heart attack or angina. ASHD is a commonly used abbreviation for arteriosclerotic heart disease, making it a fitting explanation for the given acronym.

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  • 19. 

    Ax

    Explanation
    The term "axillary" is derived from the Latin word "axilla" which means armpit. In medical terminology, "axillary" refers to anything related to the armpit or the area under the arm. This term is often used to describe lymph nodes, blood vessels, nerves, and other structures located in the armpit region. It is commonly used in the context of physical examinations, surgeries, and diagnostic procedures to indicate the involvement or location of a particular structure in the armpit area.

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  • 20. 

    B or bil.

  • 21. 

    B/A

    Explanation
    The given answer "backache" is the correct answer because it matches the abbreviation "B/A" given in the question. "B/A" is commonly used to represent "backache" in medical terminology.

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  • 22. 

    BBS

    Explanation
    The term "BBS" stands for bilateral breath sounds. This refers to the normal and equal sounds of air movement in both lungs when listening with a stethoscope. Bilateral breath sounds are an important assessment finding as they indicate that both lungs are functioning properly and there are no abnormalities or restrictions in the airways. It is a normal finding in a healthy individual and is essential for adequate oxygenation and ventilation.

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  • 23. 

    B.E.

    Explanation
    A barium enema is a medical procedure where a contrast dye called barium is used to coat the lining of the colon and rectum. This helps to create clear X-ray images of the lower gastrointestinal tract. It is commonly used to diagnose conditions such as colon cancer, polyps, diverticulosis, and inflammatory bowel disease. The barium enema is administered by inserting a tube into the rectum and slowly filling the colon with the barium solution. The X-ray images obtained during the procedure can provide valuable information about the structure and function of the colon.

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  • 24. 

    Bid or BID

    Explanation
    The given answer "twice a day" is a response to the question "Bid or BID." It suggests that the term "Bid" or "BID" should be done twice a day. However, without further context, it is difficult to determine the exact meaning of "Bid" or "BID" in this context. It could refer to a medical prescription, a business term, or any other activity that needs to be done twice daily.

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  • 25. 

    BK

    Explanation
    The abbreviation "BK" stands for "below knee." This means that it refers to a location or condition that is situated or occurring below the knee.

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  • 26. 

    BKA

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "below knee amputation" because BKA is the acronym used in medical terminology to refer to the surgical procedure of removing a limb below the knee. This procedure is performed when there is a need to remove a portion of the leg due to injury, disease, or other medical reasons. BKA allows individuals to maintain mobility and functionality with the help of prosthetic limbs.

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  • 27. 

    BM

    Explanation
    The given answer "bowel movement" is a commonly used medical term that refers to the process of passing stool from the body. It is the natural way for the body to eliminate waste from the digestive system. Bowel movements are important for maintaining a healthy digestive system and can vary in frequency and consistency depending on an individual's diet and overall health.

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  • 28. 

    BP or B/P

    Explanation
    BP or B/P is an abbreviation for blood pressure. Blood pressure refers to the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels. It is an important measure of cardiovascular health and is typically expressed as two numbers, systolic pressure over diastolic pressure. Systolic pressure represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, while diastolic pressure represents the pressure in the arteries when the heart is at rest between beats. Monitoring blood pressure is crucial for detecting and managing conditions such as hypertension.

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  • 29. 

    BpH

    Explanation
    Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) is a medical condition characterized by the enlargement of the prostate gland. This condition is non-cancerous and commonly affects older men. The prostate gland surrounds the urethra, and when it becomes enlarged, it can cause urinary symptoms such as frequent urination, weak urine flow, and difficulty in emptying the bladder. BPH is a common condition due to age-related hormonal changes and is not associated with prostate cancer. Treatment options for BPH include medication, lifestyle changes, and in severe cases, surgery.

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  • 30. 

    BR

    Explanation
    The given answer "bedrest" is the correct answer because it directly corresponds to the given acronym "BR". Bedrest refers to the medical practice of confining a patient to bed for a period of time to promote healing or prevent further complications.

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  • 31. 

    BRP

  • 32. 

    BS

  • 33. 

    BS

  • 34. 

    BSC

    Explanation
    The correct answer for this question is "bedside commode". BSC is an abbreviation for bedside commode, which is a portable chair or toilet used by individuals who are unable to walk to the bathroom. It is designed to provide convenience and comfort for individuals who have limited mobility or are bedridden. The bedside commode is typically placed next to the bed, allowing the person to easily use the toilet without having to go to the bathroom.

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  • 35. 

    BUN

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "blood urea nitrogen, Blood Urea Nitrogen". This is because BUN stands for blood urea nitrogen, which is a measure of the amount of nitrogen present in the blood in the form of urea. Urea is a waste product that is produced when the liver breaks down proteins. BUN levels can be used to assess kidney function, as the kidneys are responsible for filtering out urea from the blood. Therefore, blood urea nitrogen and Blood Urea Nitrogen are both correct representations of BUN.

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  • 36. 

    BX or bx.

    Explanation
    The term "biopsy" is commonly abbreviated as "BX" or "bx." This abbreviation is used in medical contexts to refer to the procedure of obtaining a sample of tissue from a living organism for examination and diagnosis. The abbreviation "BX" or "bx" is often used in medical records and reports to save space and improve efficiency.

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  • 37. 

    C

  • 38. 

    CA

    Explanation
    The correct answer is cancer, carcinoma. Both cancer and carcinoma are related to the medical field and specifically refer to a type of disease. Cancer is a general term used to describe a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Carcinoma, on the other hand, is a specific type of cancer that arises from epithelial cells, which are the cells that line the internal and external surfaces of the body. Therefore, both terms are interconnected and commonly used in the context of medical diagnoses and treatments.

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  • 39. 

    CAD

    Explanation
    CAD stands for coronary artery disease, which is a common heart condition characterized by the narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries. These arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle, and when they become narrowed or blocked, it can lead to chest pain, shortness of breath, heart attack, or even death. The correct answer, therefore, is coronary artery disease, as it is the full form of CAD.

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  • 40. 

    Caps

    Explanation
    The given question seems to be incomplete or not readable as it only provides two words "Caps" and "capsules". However, based on the given information, it can be inferred that "capsules" is the correct answer as it is a more specific term compared to "Caps". Capsules are a type of medication that comes in a small container, while "Caps" can refer to various things such as capital letters or baseball caps.

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  • 41. 

    Cath

    Explanation
    The correct answer is "catheter" and "catheterization" because these terms are all related to medical procedures involving the insertion of a thin tube called a catheter into the body. A catheter is used to drain fluids, administer medication, or perform diagnostic tests, while catheterization refers specifically to the process of inserting a catheter into a body cavity or blood vessel. Therefore, these terms are closely related and commonly used in medical settings.

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  • 42. 

    CBB

  • 43. 

    CBC

    Explanation
    The term "CBC" stands for "Complete Blood Count," which refers to a common blood test that provides information about the different components of blood, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. It is used to evaluate overall health, screen for various conditions and diseases, and monitor the effectiveness of treatments. The answer "Complete Blood Count" is correct because it accurately identifies the meaning of the abbreviation "CBC."

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  • 44. 

    CBR

    Explanation
    CBR stands for complete bedrest, which means that a person is required to stay in bed and limit their physical activity. This may be prescribed by a healthcare professional to promote healing, prevent further injury, or manage certain medical conditions. Complete bedrest involves avoiding activities such as sitting up, standing, or walking, and may require assistance with daily tasks. It is important to follow the instructions for complete bedrest to ensure proper recovery and prevent complications.

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  • 45. 

    CBS

  • 46. 

    CC or cc

    Explanation
    The abbreviation "CC" or "cc" stands for "chief complaint." In medical terminology, it refers to the main reason why a patient seeks medical attention. It is a concise statement describing the symptoms, condition, or problem that the patient is experiencing. The chief complaint helps healthcare providers to prioritize and focus on addressing the primary concern of the patient during their evaluation and treatment.

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  • 47. 

    CDI

    Explanation
    The acronym CDI stands for clean, dry, intact. This means that something is free from dirt or contaminants, it is not wet or damp, and it is in one piece without any damage or breakage. This could be used to describe the condition of an object or a specific requirement for a certain process or procedure.

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  • 48. 

    CHF

  • 49. 

    Circ. ck.

    Explanation
    The term "circ. ck." is an abbreviation for "circulation check." This suggests that the answer to the question is related to a process or procedure involving the examination or assessment of circulation. However, without further context or information, it is difficult to provide a more specific explanation.

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  • 50. 

    Cm.

    Explanation
    The given correct answer "centimeter" is the full form of "cm." which stands for centimeter. A centimeter is a unit of length in the metric system, equal to one hundredth of a meter.

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