abbreviations and symbols Commonly used in the medical office

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āā

of each

Ab

abortion

abd

abdomen

abs

absent

ac

before meals

ad lib

as desired

admin

administer

AM or a.m.

before noon

amt

amount

AP

apical pulse

approx

approximately

appt

appointment

ASA

acetylsalicylic acid (asprin)

ASAP

as soon as possible

BA

backache

b/c

because

BC

birth control

bid

twice a day

BM

bowel movement

BP

blood pressure

BPM

beats per minute

BS

blood sugar

BSE

breast self exam

c with line over top

with

caps

capsules

cath

catheter, catheterize

CC

chief complaint

chemo

chemotherapy

CMA

certified medical assistant

c/o

complains of

CS

cesarean section

/d

per day

d/c

discontinue

D&I

dry and intact

dil

dilute

disch

discharge

DNKA

did not keep appointment

DOB

date of birth

DOI

date of injury

DRE

digital rectal exam

DSD

dry, sterile dressing

DTaP

diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine

D&V

diarrhea and vomiting

DVA

distance visual acuity

ED

emergency department

EDD

expected date of delivery

flex sig

flexible sigmoidoscopy

freq

frequency

F/U

follow-up

Fx

fracture

GYN

gynecology

h or hr

hour

H/A

headache

HBP

high blood pressure

HC

head circumference

Hep B

hepatitis B vaccine

Hg

mercury

H₂O

water

HR

heart rate

HRT

hormone replacement therapy

hs

at bedtime

ID

intradermal

IM

intramuscular

IPV

inactivated polio vaccine

IV

intravenous

lab

laboratory

lac

laceration

lat

lateral

lax

laxative

LB

lower back

LBP

low back pain

liq

liquid

LMP

last menstrual period

med, meds

medication, medications

min

minute

MMR

measles,mumps, and rubella

mod

moderate

N/A

not applicable

NB

newborn

N/C

no complaints

neg

negative

NH

nursing home

NICU

newborn intensive care unit

NKA

no known allergies

NKDA

no known drug allergies

NMP

normal menstrual period

noct

nocturnal

NS

normal saline

N&V

nausea and vomiting

NVA

near visual acuity

NVD

nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

OB

obstetrics

occ

occasionally

oint

ointment

op

operation

OR

operating room

OT

occupational therapy

OTC

over-the-counter (nonprescription medicine)

OV

office visit

Pap

pap test

path

pathology

pc

after meals

peds

pediatrics

PEN

penicillin

per

by or through

pharm

pharmacy

PM. or p.m.

afternoon

PMS

premenstrual syndrome

po or PO

by mouth

pos

positive

postop

postoperative (after surgery)

preop

preoperative (before surgery)

prep

preparation

prn

as needed

PT

physical therapy

Pt or pt

patient

qd

every day

hq

every hour

q(2,3,4)h

every (2,3,4) hours

qid

four times a day

qn

every night

QNS

quantity not sufficient

qod

every other day

QS

quantity sufficient

quad

quadriplegic

R

respiration

RE

rectal examination

reg

regular

rehab

rehabilitation

RMA

registered medical assistant

Rx

prescription

s (with a line over it)

without

SC or SQ

subcutaneous

S/E

side effects

sec

second

sigmoid

sogmoidoscopy

SOB

shortness of breath

sol

solution

spec

specimen

STAT

immediately

surg

surgery

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