Nursing Vocabulary

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ac

before meals

amp

amputation

b.i.d.

twice in the day

caps

capsile

elix

elixir

NGT

nasogastric (tube)

hr

heart rate

ID

intradermal

IM

intramuscular

IN

intranasal

IV

intravenous

NPO

nothing by mouth

pc

after meals

per

through, by

p.r.n.

as needed

qh

every hour

q2h

every 2 hours

q.i.d.

four times a day

rect

rectal

sub-q

subcutaneous

STAT

immediately

supp

suppository

syr

syringe

tab

tablet

t.i.d.

three times a day

ung/oint

unguent/ointment

noct

at night

po/per os

by mouth

SL

sublingual; under tongue

vag

vaginal

mEq

milliequivalent

b.i.w.

biweekly

mL

milliliter

mg

milligram

mcg

microgram

RBC

red blood cells

WBC

white blood cells

Rx

medical prescription

Dx

diagnosis

Tx

treatment

Hx

history

Fx

fracture

angio

blood or lymph vessel

arthr

joint

blephar

eyelid

carcin

cancer

chondr

cartilage

chron

time

cyst

bladder, cyst, sac

encephal

brain

hydr

water

lapar

loin; abdomen

mamm

breast

mast

breast, mammary gland, nipple

myo

muscle

necro

dead body, corpse

osteo

bone

path

disease

phag

eating

plasia

growth

pulmon

lung

-gravida

pregnant woman with specified quanity of pregnancies

-algia

pain

-ectomy

surgical removal

-genic

producing, generating

-itis

inflammation

-ology

science, study of

-megaly

enlargement

-oma

tumor

-penia

lack, deficiency

-phobia

fear

-stasis

slowing, stoppage

-stomy

creation of an opening

-otomy

to make an incision or cut into

-gynec

female characteristics; woman

-cephalo

head or connected to the head

-pnea

breath, respiration

-rrhea

flow, discharge

-plasty

molding, forming surgically

-emia or -aemia

blood condition

-cyte

cell

LOC

loss of consciousness

EENT

eye-ear-nose-throat

I & O

intake and output

CPR

cardiopulmonary resuscitation

COPD

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

MRI

magnetic resonance imaging

EEG

electroencephalogram

EKG

electrocardiogram

CT scan

X-ray computed tomography

RUQ

right upper quadrant

IVPB

intravenous piggyback

K+

potassium

Na+

sodium

FUO

fever of unknown origin

AIDS

acquired immune deficiency syndrome

HIV

human immunodeficiency virus

hematocrit

the proportion, by volume, of the blood that consists of red blood cells

hemoglobin

the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body's tissues and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs

platelet

an irregular, disc-shaped element in the blood that assists in blood clotting

hypertension

high blood pressure

hyperglycemia

high blood sugar

axillary

pertaining to the cavity beneath the junction of the arm & body; armpit

tympanic

pertaining to the tympanum (eardrum)

prophylactic

medication or treatment designed and used to prevent a disease from occuring

intravenous

into the vein

subcutaneous

under the skin

intramuscular

into the muscle

intradermal

in or into the skin

aphasia

a disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language

ataxia

wobbliness

dyslexia

reading disability

hemiparesis

weakness on one side of the body

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