Language of Medicine Chapter 21- Abbreviations

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chanbner's Language of Medicine, 9th edition. Abbreviations for Chapter 21- pharamacology.

a.c. (ac)

before meals (ante cibum)

ACE

Angiotensin-converting enzyme

ad lib

freely as desired (ad libitum)

APAP

Tylenol / acetaminophen

b.i.d. (bid)

two times a day (bis in die)

ARB

Angiotensin II receptor blocker

Caps

capsule

cc

cubic centimeter

FDA

US Food and Drug Administration

gm (g)

gram

gtt

drops (guttae)

h

hour (hora)

h.s. (hs)

at bedtime (hora somni)

H2 blocker

histamine H2 receptor antagonist

HRT

hormone replacement therapy

IM

intramuscular

INH

isoniazid- antituberculosis agent

IV

intravenous

MAOI

monomine oxidase inhibitor; an antidepressant

mg

milligram

ml (mL)

milliliter

NPO

nothing by mouth (nil per os)

NSAID

non steriodal anti inflammatory drug

p

after (post

p.c. (pc)

after meals (post cibum)

PCA

patient-controlled analgesia

PDR

Physicians' Desk Reference

PO (p.o. or, po)

by mouth (per os)

p.r.n. (prn)

as needed; as necessary; (pro re nata, as the occasion arises)

Pt

patient

q

every (quaque)

q.h. (qh)

every hour (quaque hora)

q2h

ever 2 hours

q.i.d. (qid)

four times a day (quater in die

q.s. (qs)

sufficient quantity (quantum satis)

qAM

every morning

qPM

every evening

Rx

prescription

s

without (sine)

SERM

selective estrogen receptor modulator

Sig.

directions - how to take medication

SL

sublingual

s.o.s.

if it is necessary (si opus sit)

SSRI

selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (antidepressant drug)

SQ

subcutaneous

tab

tablet

TCA

tricyclic antidepressant

t.i.d. (tid)

three times a day (ter in die)

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