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MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS

MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS

Here is the list of commonly used medical abbreviations which is definitely gonna help you in understanding the terms used by medical professionals especially in prescriptions given by doctors or pharmacists as well as many abbreviations are used in the Investigation Forms that has to be performed in the diagnostic laboratories. By this, you can easily understand what do they exactly mean and serve better to the patients…

ABBREVIATIONSMEANING
A&PAnatomy and
Physiology
abd Abdomen
ABG Arterial Blood Gas
ac Before Meals
ACLS Advanced Cardiac Life Support
ad lib As much as desired
ADL Activity of Daily Living
AEDAutomated External Defibrillator
AF Atrial Fibrillation
AIDSAcquired Immunodeficiency
Syndrome
AKAbove the Knee
AKA Above the Knee Amputation
A-lineArterial Line
AMAAgainst Medical Advice
amb Ambulatory
AMIAcute Myocardial Infarction
AMSAltered Mental Status
ant Anterior
AO × 4Alert and Oriented to Person,
Place, Time, and Self
APAnteroposterior,
front-to-back,
action potential,
angina pectoris,
anterior pituitary,
arterial pressure
APCAtrial Premature Complex,
Activated Protein C, aspirinphenacetin-caffeine
AqWater
ARDSAdult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
ASAAspirin (Acetylsalicylic Acid)
ASAPAs Soon As Possible
ASHDArteriosclerotic or
Atherosclerotic Heart Disease
AV, A-VAtrioventricular, Arteriovenous
BBBBundle Branch Block
BidTwice Daily
BKA Below the Knee Amputation
BMBowel Movement
BPBlood Pressure
BSBlood Sugar, Breath Sounds,
Bowel Sounds
BSABody Surface Area
bx Biopsy
CaCalcium
CACancer,
Cardiac Arrest,
Chronologic Age,
Coronary Artery,
Cold Agglutinin
CABGCoronary Artery Bypass Graft
CADCoronary Artery Disease
CBCComplete Blood Count
ccCubic Centimeter
CC or C/CChief Complaint
CCUCoronary Care Unit
CHFCongestive Heart Failure
CNSCentral Nervous System
c/oComplaining of
COLDChronic Obstructive
Lung Disease
COPDChronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease
CPChest Pain, Chemically Pure, Cerebral Palsy
CPRCardiopulmonary
Resuscitation
CRNACertified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist
CRTCapillary Refill Time
CSFCerebrospinal Fluid
CSMCarotid Sinus Massage,
Cerebrospinal
Meningitis
CVACerebrovascular Accident
CVPCentral Venous Pressure
CXRChest X-Ray
D&CDilation and Curettage
D/CDiscontinue
DMDiabetes Mellitus
DOADead On Arrival
DOEDyspnea on Exertion
DONDirector of Nursing
DPTDiphtheria, Pertussis,
and Tetanus toxoids
vaccine
DSDDry Sterile Dressing
DtaPDiphtheria, Tetanus
toxoids, and Acellular
Pertussis vaccine
DTPDiphtheria, Tetanus
toxoids, and Pertussis
vaccine
DVTDeep Venous Thrombosis
DxDiagnosis
ECGElectrocardiogram
EDEmergency Department
ENTEars, Nose, and Throat
EREmergency Room
ETEndotracheal Tube,
Endotracheal
ETAEstimated Time of Arrival
ETTEndotracheal Tube
FBSFasting Blood Sugar
FHRFetal Heart Rate
FHTFetal Heart Tones
FHxFamily History
fldFluid
fxFracture
GBGallbladder
GIGastrointestinal
GSWGunshot Wound
GTTGlucose Tolerance Test
GUGenitourinary
GynGynecology
H&HHemoglobin and
Hematocrit
H&PHistory and Physical
H/AHeadache
HctHematocrit
HgbHemoglobin
HHHiatal Hernia
HIVHuman Immunodeficiency Virus
HPIHistory of present
Illness
HsAt Bedtime
HTNHypertension
HxHistory



I&OIntake and Output
ICIntracardiac,
Inspiratory capacity,
Irritable colon
ICPIntracranial Pressure
ICUIntensive Care Unit
IDDMInsulin-Dependent
Diabetes Mellitus
IMIntramuscular
IPPBIntermittent Positive
Pressure Breathing
IUDIntrauterine
(Contraceptive) Device
IVIntravenous
JVDJugular Venous Distention
KUBKidneys, Ureters, and Bladder
KVOKeep Vein Open
LACLaceration,
Laparoscopic Assisted Colectomy
LELower Extremity,
Left Eye,
Lupus Erythematosus
LLLLeft Lower Lobe of the Lung
LLQLeft Lower Quadrant of the Abdomen
LMPLast Menstrual Period
LOCLevel of Consciousness,
Loss of
Consciousness
LPNLicensed Practical Nurse
LRLactated Ringer’s
LULLeft Upper Lobe of the Lung
LUQLeft Upper Quadrant of the Abdomen
LVNLicensed Vocational Nurse
MAEMoves all extremities
MAEWMoves All Extremities Well
MAPMean Arterial Pressure
MCLMidclavicular Line, Modified Chest Lead
MIMyocardial Infarction
MICUMobile Intensive Care Unit,
Medical Intensive Care Unit
MRIMagnetic Resonance Imaging
MVAMotor Vehicle Accident
MVCMotor Vehicle Crash
MVPMitral Valve Prolapse
NADNo Apparent Distress, No Appreciable Disease
NCNasal Cannula
NGNasogastric
NICUNeonatal Intensive Care Unit
NIDDMnon–insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
NKDANo Known Drug Allergies
NPANasopharyngeal Airway
NSNormal Saline
NSRNormal Sinus Rhythm
N/VNausea and Vomiting
N/V/DNausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea
OBSOrganic Brain Syndrome
ODOverdose,
Right Eye,
Optical Density,
Outside Diameter,
Doctor of Optometry
OPAOropharyngeal Airway
OSLeft Eye
OUBoth Eyes
PEPulmonary Embolism,
Physical Examination
PEAPulseless Electrical Activity
PEARLPupils Equal and Reactive to Light
PEEPPositive end Expiratory
Pressure
PERRLPupils Equal, Round, and Reactive to Light
PIDPelvic Inflammatory Disease
PNDParoxysmal Nocturnal
Dyspnea
PSVTParoxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
PTAPrior to admission,
Plasma Thromboplastin Antecedent
PTTPartial Thromboplastin Time
PVCPremature Ventricular
Complex
PVDPeripheral Vascular Disease
RARheumatoid Arthritis,
Right Atrium
RADReactive Airway Disease,
Right Axis Deviation
RBCRed Blood Cell
RhRhesus blood factor
RHDRheumatic Heart Disease
RLLRight Lower Lobe of the Lung
RLQRight Lower Quadrant of the Abdomen
RULRight Upper Lobe of the Lung
RUQRight Upper Quadrant of the Abdomen
RxPrescription
SCSubcutaneous,
Secretory component
SICUSurgical Intensive Care Unit
SIDSSudden Infant Death
Syndrome
SLSublingual
SOBShortness of Breath
S/SSigns and Symptoms
STDSexually Transmitted
Disease
SVTSupraventricular Tachycardia
SxSymptoms
tabTablet
TBTuberculosis
TBATo be Admitted, To be
Announced
TechTechnician,
Technologist
TIATransient Ischemic
Attack
TPRTemperature, Pulse,
Respiration
TxTreatment
UAUrinalysis
UEUpper Extremity
URIUpper Respiratory
Infection
UTIUrinary Tract Infection
VDVenereal Disease
VSVital Signs
WNLWithin Normal Limits
w/oWithout



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