Medical Abbreviations and Symbols List

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Phlebotomy, Miami Jacobs Career College, Independence OH,

a (with line over a)

before

ac

before meals

abd

abdomen

AD

Alzheimer's disease; right ear

ad lib

as desired

AKA

above the knee amputation

amb

ambulation (walk)

ama, AMA

against medical advice, American Medical Assoc.

AMI

acute myocardial infarction

ANS

autonomic nervous system

appt

appointment

ARDS

adult respiratory distress

AROM

active range of motion

AS

left ear; aortic stenosis

AVR

aortic valve replacement

AV

atrioventricular (heart)

ASAP

as soon as possible

ASHD

arterisosclerotic heart disease

BID, bid

twice in the day

BKA

below knee amputation

BM

bowel movemnet

BP

blood pressure

BPH

benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged protate gland)

BR or br

bath room

BSC

bed side commode, a "portable potty chair"

BUN

blood urea nitrogen (a lab test)

Bx or BX

biopsy

c (with line over c)

with

c/o

complaints of

C1, C2

refers to cervical vertebra #1, #2, a location in the spine

Ca, CA

cancer

caps

capsule with medication in it

CAD

coronary artery disease (heart disease)

cath

catheter (a tube used to drain out body fluid)

CABG

coronary arterial bypass graft

CBC

complete blood count (a blood test)

CC

chief complaint; cardiac catherteriztion

CCU

coronary heart disease

CHF

congestive heart failue

CNS

central nervous system

cont.

continued

COPD

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

CO2

carbon dioxide

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

CXR

chest xray

CRF

chronic renal failure (kidney failure)

CVA

cerebral vascular accident

CVD

cardiovascular disease

cysto

cystoscopy

/d

per day

DC or D/C

discharge

dc

discontinue

decub

decubitus ulcer (pressure sore, bedsore)

DJD

degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis)

DM

diabetes mellitus (diabetes)

DOA

date of admission; dead on arrival

Dx

date of birth

drsg

dressing

DSD

dry sterile dressing

DT, DTs

delirium tremens (the shakes from alcohol withdrawl

ECG, EKG

electrocardiogram

EEG

electroencephalogram (measurement of electric brain activity)

e.g.

example

ENT

ears, nose, throat

ERT

estrogen replacement therapy

est, EST

estimate; electroshock therapy

ETOH

ethanol (alcohol)

FBS

fasting blood sugar (a lab test)

F/U FU

follow up

FUO

fever of unknown origin

Fx

fracture

G tube

gastric tube (a tube in the stomach)

GB

gall bladder

GBS

gall baldder series ( a type of xray of the gut)

GC

gonorrhea

GERD

gastroesophageal reflux disease ( a severe recurrent heartburn disorder)

GU

genitourinary

gtts

drops

gyn

gynecology

hgb, hct

hemoglobin, hematocrit, (both are blood cell measurements)

HHA

home helath agency; or home health aide

HS, hs

hour of sleep, or at bedtime

Hx hx

history

I & O

intake and output (amount of fluid taken in and urine output intermediate care facility

ICF

intermediate care facility

ICU

intensive care unit

ID

incision and drainage (when a scalpel is used to cut and drain a boil

IDDM

insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

IM

intramuscular

inj

injection

IV

intravenous

IVP

intravenous pyelogram (a type of xray of the kidneys and bladder

L lft lt

left

L1, L2, L3

refers to th lumbar section of the spine

lab

laboratory

liq

liquid

LLQ

left lower quandrant

LP

lumbar punctue (spinal lab)

LPN

licensed practical nurse

LRQ

lower right quadrant

LUQ

left upper quadrant

LV

left ventricle

max

maximum

meds

medications

MI

myocardial infarction (heart attack)

mod

moderate

MRI

magnetic resonance imaging

MS

mitral stenosis; multiple sclerosis; musculoskeletal

MVR

mitral valve replacement

N/C

no complaints

NG, NGT

nasogastric (tube)

NIDDM

non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus

norm

normal

NPO

nothing by mouth

NSAID

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

nsg

nursing

OA

osteoarthritis

OBS

organic brain syndrome

occ

occasional

OD

right eye; overdose

OOB

out of bed

OS

left eye

OU

both eyes

orth, ortho

orthopedic

os

bone; opening; mouth

OV

office visit

p (with line over it)

after

PA

physician assistant

Pap

pap smear (a lab test)

path

pathology

pc, p.c.

after meals

PDR

physician's desk reference (a drug book)

PE pe

physical exam

prn, p.r.n.

as needed or required

PROM

passive range of motion

PO po

my mouth

pt

patient

PVC

premature ventricular contraction

PVD

peripheral vascular disease

ph pH

hydrogen ion concetration (a measure of the acidity of a substance)

qam

every am

qd

every day

qod

every other day

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