Medical Abbreviations (A-Y)

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A & D

admission and discharge

A & P

Anterior and posterior or Anatomy and Physicolgy

abd

abdominal

ac

before meals

ad lib

as desired

ADL

Activities of Daily Living

adm

admission

AIDS

Acquired Immune Deficency Syndrome

AM

morning

as tol

as tolerated

ASA

aspirin

Ax

Axillary or armpit

B & B

Bowel and Bladder training

BE

Barium enema

BID

twice a day

bil

bilateral

Bl Wk

Blood work

BM

Bowel Movement

BP

Blood Pressure

BR

Bed rest

BRP

Bathroom Privileges

BS

Blood Sugar

BUN

Blood Urea Nitrogen

Ca

Calcium

cal

calorie

Cap

capsule

CBC

Complete Blood Count

CBR

Complete Bed Rest

cc

cubic centimeter

CCU

Critical Care Unit

CDA

Certified Dental Assistant

CDC

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

CHD

Coronary Heart Disease

CHF

Congestive Heart Failure

chol

Cholesterol

CICU

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

cl

Chlorine

cl liq

clear liquids

cm

centimeter

CMA

Certified Medical Assistant

CNP

Certified Nurse Practitioner

CNS

Central Nervous System

c/o

complains of

CO2

Carbon Dioxide

COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

CPR

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

C & S

Culture and Sensitivity

CSF

Cerebral Spinal Fluid

CVA

Cerebral Vascular Accident

D & C

dialation and curettage

disc

discharge

DHHS

Department of Health and Human Services

DM

Diabetes Mellitus

DNR

Do Not Resuscitate

DOA

Dead on Arrival

DOB

Date of Birth

DOD

Date of Death

DON

Director of Nursing

Drg

dressing

dx

diagnosis

N

Nitrogen

N/A

not applicable

NA

Nurse Aide

Neg

negative

NG

nasogastric tube

NICU

Neonatal or Neurological Intensive Care Unit

NIDDM

Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitius

NP

Nurse Practitioner

NPO

nothing by mouth

N/S or NS

Normal saline

N/V or N & V

nausea and vomiting

NVD

Nausea, Vomiting, and Diarrhea

OB

Obstetrics

Oint

ointment

OOB

out of bed

OP

outpatient

OPD or OPC

Out Patient Department or Clinic

OR

Operating Room

OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administraiton

OT

Occupational Therapist

OTC

Over the counter

OU

Each optical

OV

Office visit

P

pulse or pain

PAP

Papanicolaou test

pc

after meals

PDR

Physicians Desk Reference

PE

Physical exam

PM

after noon

PMC

Postmortem care

PMS

Premenstrual Syndrome

PO

by mouth or phone order

post-op

after an operation

PPE

Personal Protective Equipment

pre-op

before an operation

prep

prepare

PRN

as needed

pt

patient

PT

Physical Therapist

PVD

Peripheral Vascular Disease

qd

every day

qh

every hour

q4h

every four hours

qhs

every night at bed time

QID

four times a day

qod

every other day

NaCl

Sodium Chloride

NB

newborn

N/C

no complaint

R

respiration or rectal

RBC

red blood cell

RLQ

Right lower quadrant

RN

Registered Nurse

R/O

Rule out

ROM

Range of Motion

RT

Respiratory Therapist

RUQ

Right upper quadrant

Rx

Prescription

ECG

Electrocardogram

EENT

ear, eye, nose, throat

EMS

Emergency Medical Service

EMT

Emergency Medical Technician

ENT

ear, nose, throat

ER

Emergency Room

exam

examination

F

degrees Fahrenheit

FBS

fasting blood sugar

FBW

fasting blood work

FDA

Food and Drug Administration

FF

force fluids

Fr

Fracture

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