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abbreviations and symbols Commonly used in the medical office

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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
Cx
cervix
d
day
/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
ea
each
ED
emergency department
EDD
expected date of delivery
Fe
iron
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
ht
height
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
P
pulse
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
sl
slight
sm
small
SOB
shortness of breath
sol
solution
spec
specimen
STAT
immediately
surg
surgery
T
temperature
tab, tabs
tablet, tablets
temp
temperature
ther
therapy
tid
three times a day
TLC
total lung capacity, tender loving care
TPR
temperature, pulse, and respiration
tr
trace
TSE
testicular self-examination
vag
vagina, vaginal
VE
vaginal examination
vit
vitamin
VO
verbal order
VS
vital signs
wk
week
WNL
within normal limits
WO
written order
w/o
without
wt
weight
W/U
workup