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Medical Terminology Abbreviations

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sgthuan's version from 2015-08-10 23:01

Section 1

termdefinition
@at
A&Panatomy and physiology
ababortion
abdabdominal
ABGarterial blood gas
a.c.before meals
ac & clacetest and clinitest
ACLSadvanced cardiac life support
a.d.right ear
ADLactivities of daily living
ad libas desired
admadmission
afebafebrile, no fever
AFBacid-fast bacillus
AKAabove the knee
albalbumin
alt diebalternate days (every other day)
ammorning
AMAagainst medical advice
amalamalgam
ambambulate, walk
AMIacute myocardial infarction
amtamount
ANSautonomic nervous system
antanterior
AOx3alert and oriented to person, time, and place
Apapical
APapical pulse
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section 2

Question Answer
approxapproximately
aqaqueous
ARDSacute respiratory distress syndrome
a.s.left ear
ASAaspirin
asap (ASAP)as soon as possible
as tolas tolerated
ATDadmission, transfer, discharge
a.u.both ears
Axaxillary
BEbarium enema
bidtwice a day
bil, bilateralboth sides
BKbelow knee
BKAbelow the knee amputation
blblood
bl wkblood work
BLSbasic life support
BMbowel movement
BOWbag of waters
B/Pblood pressure
bpmbeats per minute
BRbed rest
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Section 3

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BRPbathroom privileges
BSbreath sounds
BSIbody substance isolation
BSObilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BUNblood, urea, nitrogen levels
BVMbag-valve-mask
bxbiopsy
cwith
C & Sculture and sensitivity
c-spinecervical spine
CAcancer
CADcoronary artery disease
calcalorie
CATcomputerized axial tomography
cathcatheter
CBCcomplete blood count
cccubic centimeters
CCchief complaint
CCUcoronary care unit, critical care unit
CHDcoronary heart disease
CHFcongestive heart failure
CHOcarbohydrate
cholcholesterol
circcircumcision
cl liqclear liquid
CNScentral nervous sysyem
c/ocomplains of
COPDchronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPKcreatine phosphokinase
CPRcardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPTchest physical therapy
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section 4

Question Answer
CScentral supply
CSFcerebrospinal fluid
CTcomputer tomography
CVAcerebrovascular accident (stroke)
CVUcardiovascular unit
cxcervix or complaint of
CXRchest X ray
cystocystography
d/cdiscontinue
D & Cdilation and curettage
DATdiet as tolerated
DCdiscontinue or discharge
deldelivery
Del. Rm.delivery room
diffdifferential
DNAdeoxyribonucleic acid
DNRdo not resuscitate
DOAdead on arrival
DOBdate of birth
DPTdiphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
DRGdiagnosis-related grouping
D/Sdextrose in saline
DT’sdelirium tremens
DWdistilled water
D5W 5%dextrose in water
Dxdiagnosis
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Section 5

Question Answer
EBLestimated blood loss
ECGelectrocardiogram
EDemergency department
EEGelectroencephalogram
EENTeyes, ears, nose, throat
EKGelectrocardiogram
EMGelectromyogram
EOAesophageal obturator airway
ESRerythrocyte sedimentation rate
estestimated
ERemergency room
ETendotracheal
ETAestimated time of arrival
etioletiology
ETOHethyl alcohol, intoxicated
examexamination
expexploratory
extexternal, extract, extraction
FBOAforeign body obstructed airway
FBSfasting blood sugar
FBWfasting blood work
FF (F. Fl)force fluids
FHfamily history
FHSfetal heart sounds
FHTfetal heart tone
FIFOfirst in, first out
FSHfollicle-stimulating hormone
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section 6

Question Answer
ftfoot
FUOfever of undetermined origin
Fxfracture
GBgallbladder
GIgastrointestinal
GUgenitourinary
GTTglucose tolerance test (pancreas test)
gtt(s)drop(s)
gyngynecology
H & Hhemoglobin and hematocrit
HCGhuman chorionic gonadotropin
hcthematocrit
HDLhigh-density lipoprotein
hgbhemoglobin
HOBhead of bed
hr (h)hour
HIVhuman immunodeficiency virus
H&Phistory and physical
HRheart rate
hshour of sleep, bedtime
htheight
Hxhistory
hypohypodermic injection
hysthysterectomy
IBSirritable bowel syndrome
I & Dincision and drainage
I & Ointake and output
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