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Medical Abbreviations Glossary
These medical abbreviations are commonly used in hospital, medical, and dental records. There are many others, rarely
used, and some doctors and hospitals create their own. If you cannot locate an abbreviation in this glossary, contact us
for assistance.
A ______________________________
a
aa
AA
AAA
A2
AAL
ab
AB
abd
ABG
ABN
ABP
abs
a.c.
Ac
AC
acc
accom.
acid phos.
ACL
ACTH
AD
add.
ADH
ADL
ad lib
adm.
AE
AEA
AF
AFB
AFO
AFP
A/G
AGA
AI
AIDS
AJ
a.k.
aka
AKA
artery, before
equal part of each
affected area
abdominal aortic aneurysm
aortic second sound
acute lymphoblastic, leukemia,anterior
axillary line
antibody
abortion
abdomen
arterial blood gasses
abnormal
arterial blood pressure
absent
before meals (ante sebum)
acute
anterior chamber
accident
accommodation
acid phosphate
anterior cruciate ligament
adrenocorticotrophic hormone
right ear
abductor or abduction
antidiruetic hormone
activites of daily living
as desired
admission
above elbow
above elbow amputation
atrial fibrillation, afebrile
acid fast bacilli
ankle-foot orthosis
alpha fetoprotein
albumin globulin ratio (blood)
appropriate gestational age
aortic insufficiency
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ankle jerk
above knee
alcoholic ketoacidosis
above knee amputation
alb.
alc.
alk. phos.
ALL
ALS
ALT
AMA
amb.
AMI
AML
amnio
amp.
ANA
anes.
ann. fib.
ANS
ant.
ante
ANUG
Anxty
A/O
AOB
AODM
AP
A&P
A-P
APC
aph
A-P & lat
AP resection
aq.
AR
ARD
ARDS
ARF
AROM
art
AS
ASA
A.S.A.
albumin
alcohol
alkaline phosphate
acute lymphocytic leukemia
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
alternating with, alanine aminotransferase
(formerly SGPT)
against medical advice
ambulating, ambulatory
acute myocardial infarction
acute myeloid leukemia
amniocentesis
amputation, ampule
antinuclear antibody
anesthesia
annulus fibrosis
autonomic nervous system
anterior
before
acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
anxiety
alert and oriented
alcohol on breath
adult onset diabetes mellitus
ante partum
auscultation and percussion
anteroposterior
atrial premature contractions
aphasia
anteroposterior and lateral
abdominal perineal resection of the rectum
water
aortic regurgitation
acute respiratory distress
adult respiratory distress syndrome
acute respiratory failure, acute rheumatic
fever
artificial rupture of membranes
arterial
left ear,aortic stenosis
acetylsalicylic acid, aspirin
American Society of Anesthesiologists
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A.S.A.
A.S.A.
A.S.A.
A.S.A.
1
2
3
4
ASAP
ASCVD
ASD
ASHD
at. Flutter
ATN
ATNR
AU
aud.
Aur. Fib
A-V
AVF
AVR
A&W
Ax.
A.Z.
normal healthy patient
patient with mild systemic disease
patient with severe systemic disease
patient with incapacitating systemic disease that is constant threat to life
as soon as possible
atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
atrial septal defect
arteriosclerotic heart disease
atrial flutter
acute tubular necrosis
asymmetrical tonic neck reflex
both ears
auditory
auricular fibrillation
arteriovenous
arteriovenous fistula
aortic valve replacement
alive and well
axilla, axillary
Ascheim-Zondek test
B ______________________________
B.
BA
Bab.
Ba.E
Bas.
baso
BBB
BBT
BCA
BCD
BCE
BCG
BDC
BE
BEA
BFP
Bic.
b.i.d.
BIH
bilat.
bili
b.i.n.
bath
barium
Babinski sign
barium enema
basal,basilar
basophile
bundle branch block
basal body temperature
basal cell atypia
basal cell dysplasia
basal cell epithelioma
bacillus Calmette-Guerin
vaccine (tuberculosis
vaccine)
burn dressing change
below elbow, barium enema
below elbow amputation
biological false positive
biceps
twice daily
bilateral inguinal hernia
Bilateral, bilaterally
bilirubin
twice a night
BiW
BJ
bk.
BK
BKA
bl cult
bld.
Bl.T
BM
BMR
body wt.
BOMA
BOW
BP
BPD
BPH
BPM
Br.
BR
brach.
BrBx.
broncho
BRP
BS
B.S.
BSA
BSB
BSC
BSD
BSO
BST
BT
BTL
BUN
BW
Bx.
twice weekly
biceps reflex
back
below knee
below knee amputation
blood culture
blood
bleeding time
black male, bone marrow,
bowel movement
basal metabolic rate
body weight
otitis media, both ears,
acute
bag of water
blood pressure
bronchopulmonary dysplasia
benign prostatic hypertrophy
beats per minute
breech presentation
bedrest, bathroom
brachial
breast biopsy
bronchoscopy
bathroom privileges
blood sugar, bowel sounds
breath sounds
body surface area
bedside bag
bedside commode
bedside drainage
bilateral salpingooophorectomy
blood serologic test
bleeding time
bilateral tubal ligation
blood urea nitrogen
birth weight
biopsy
C ______________________________
c.
C
C.
CI-XII
C-1 to C-7
Ca
CA
with
cervical, Caucasian
centigrade, Celsius complement
1st to 12th cranial nerve
cervical vertebrae
calcium
carcinoma, cancer
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CABG
CAD
CAHD
Cal
CAPD
Caps
car.
card.
Card Cath
CAT
cath
CB
CBC
CBD
CBF
CBG
CBR
cc.
CC
CCU
CD
CEA
Cerv.
CF
CHD
Chem.
CHF
CHO
Chol
Chr
C.I
CI
CIS
CK
Cl
Clav.
cldy
CLL
Cl.T
cm.
CML
CMV
CN
coronary artery bypass graft
coronary artery disease
coronary atherosclerotic heart disease
calorie, calories
continuous ambulatory
peritoneal dialysis
capsules
carotid
cardiac
cardiac catheterization
computerized axial
tomography
catheterization, catheter
Cesarean birth
complete blood count
common bile duct
cerebral blood flow
capillary blood gas
complete bed rest
cubic centimeter
chief complaint
coronary care unit
cardiac disease,
contagious disease
carcinoembryonic antigen
cervix, cervical
cardiac failure, cystic fibrosis
congenital heart disease, coronary heart
disease
chemotherapy
congestive heart failure
carbohydrate
cholesterol
chronic
color index
cardiac insufficiency, cardiac index
carcinoma in situ
creatinine kinase
chlorine, chloride
clavicle
cloudy
chronic lymphocytic leukemia
clotting time
centimeter
chronic myeloid leukemia
cytomegalovirus
cranial nerve
CNS
cnst.
c/o
Co2
comb.
comm.
comp.
conc.
cons.
cont.
COPD
Cor
CPAP
CPC
CPD
CPK
CPPB
CPR
CPT
CR
cran.
CRD
creat.
CRF
C/S, CS
C&S
CSF
C-spine
CT
C-V
CVA
CVL
CVP
CVS
Cx
CxR
Cysto
central nervous system
constipation
complains of, complaints
carbon dioxide
combine, combination
communicable
compound, compress
concentrated
consultation
contractions, continued
chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease
heart
continuous positive
airway pressure
clinicopathological conference
cephalo-pelvic disproportion
creatinine phosphokinase
continuous positive
pressure breathing
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
chest physical therapy
closed reduction
cranial
chronic respiratory disease
creatinine
chronic renal failure
Cesarean section
culture and sensitivity
cerebrospinal fluid
cervical spine
computed axial tomography
cardiovascular
cerebrovascular accident, costovertebral
angle
central venous line
central venous pressure
cardiovascular system
cervix, culture
chest x-ray
cystoscopy
D ______________________________
DAP
db.
DBE
d/c
distal airway pressure
decibel
deep breathing exercise
discontinue
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DC
D&C
DD
D/DW
DDx
D&E
decr.
dehyd.
Derm.
DES
D5RL
D5W
DI
DIAG.
diam.
DIC
diff.
dil.
dim.
DIP
dis.
disch.
disp.
dist.
DIU
div.
DJD
DKA
DLE
D/L DI
DM
DNA
DNKA
DOA
DOB
DOE
Dors
D.P.
DPT
DR
D&R
drsg.
D/S
DTR
DT’s
DU
discharges, discontinue
dilation and curettage
discharge diagnosis
dextrose, distilled water
differential diagnosis
dilation and evacuation
decreased
dehydrated
Dermatology
Diethylstilbestrol
5% dextrose and lactated ringers
5% dextrose and sterile water
diabetes insipidus, diagnostic imaging
diagnosis
diameter
disseminated intravascular coagulation,
disseminated coagulopathy
differential
dilute
diminished
distal interphalangeal (joint)
disease
discharge
disposition
distilled, distal
death in utero
divorced
degenerative joint disease
diabetic ketoacidosis
disseminated lupus erythematosis
decilter
diabetes mellitus, diastolic murmur
deoxyribonucleic acid
did not keep appointment
dead on arrival
date of birth
dyspnea on exertion
dorsal
dorsal pedia
diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccine
delivery room
dilation and radium implant
dressing
discharge summary
deep tendon reflexes
delirium tremens
duodenal ulcer
DUB
DUI
D/W
Dx
E
dysfunctional uterine bleeding
driving under influence
dextrose in water
diagnosis
______________________________
e
EBL
EBV
ECF
ECG
ECHO
E.coli
ECS
ECT
ED
EDC
EDOD
EEG
EENT
EEX
EGA
EGD
EKG
elev.
ELF
EmBx
EMG
EMS
En.
ENT
Eoc.
EOM
Epis.
Epis.LML
Epis. Med.
Epis. RML
ERCP
ESR
EST
ETIOL.
ETOH
EUA
EVAL
ex.
without
estimated blood loss
Epstein-Barr virus
extended care facility, extracellular fluid
electrocardiogram
enterocytopathogenic human orphan virus
Escherichia coli
endocervical scrape
electroconvulsive
emergency department
estimated date of confinement
estimated date of delivery
electroencephalogram
eyes, ears, nose, throat
electrodiagnosis
estimated gestational age
esophago- gastroduodenoscopy
electrocardiogram
elevated
elective low forceps
endometrial biopsy
electromyogram
endometrial scrape, emergency medical
service
enema
ears, nose, throat
eosinophiles
extraocular movement
episiotomy
left mediolateral episiotomy
medial episiotomy
right mediolateral episiotomy
endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
erythrocyte sedimentation rate
electroshock therapy
etiology
ethanol
examine under anesthesia
evaluation
exercise, example
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expir
Exp. Lap
ext.
ext. gen.
F
expiration, expiratory
exploratory laparotomy
extremities, external
external genitalia
FW
Fx
G ______________________________
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F
FA
F.A.
F.B.
FBS
FD
FDA
FDP
Fe def.
FEF
FEKG
fem.
fem. pop.
fet.
FEV
f.f.
FFP
fh
FH
FHR
FHR-UC
FHT
FiO2
fl.
flac.
flex.
fl. oz.
FM
FPAL
fract.
FRC
FS
FSH
FT
FTD
FTND
FTT
FUB
F/U,F-U,F.U.
FUO
FVC
fetal weight
fracture
finger, female, Fahrenheit
fluorescent antibody
first aid
foreign body
fasting blood sugar
fully dilated
Food and Drug Administration
flexor digitorum profundus
iron deficiency
forced expiratory flow
fetal electrocardiogram
femoral
femoral popliteal
fetal
forced expiratory volume
force fluid
fresh frozen plasma
fundal height
family history, fetal heart
fetal heart rate
fetal heart rate- uterine contraction
fetal heart tones
faction of inspired oxygen concentration
fluids
flaccid
flexor, flexion
fluid ounce
finger movement
full term premature abortion living
fractional
functional residual capacity
finger stick
follicle stimulating hormone
full term
failure to descend
full term normal delivery
failure to thrive
functional uterine bleeding
follow-up
fever of unknown origin
forced vital capacity
G
G.A.
GB
GBS
G.C.
GCS
GE
G/E
gen, genl.
gest.
GFR
G.H.
G.I.
gluc
gm
Gm+
Gmgm.%
GMA
GNC
GP
gr.
Grav.
gt.
Gt.tr.
gtts.
GSW
GTT
GU
G/W
GYN
gravida
general anesthesia
gallbladder
gallbladder series
gonococcus
Glasgow Coma Scale
Gastroenterology
gastroenteritis
general
gestation
glomerulo filtration rate
growth hormone
gastrointestinal
glucose
gram
gram positive
gram negative
grams per 100 c.c.
grand mal attack
general nursing care
General Practitioner, general paralysis
grain, grains (dosage)
pregnancy
drop
gait training
drops
gunshot wound
glucose tolerance test
genitourinary
glucose and water
Gynecology
H ______________________________
h
H
H/A
HAF
HASCVD
Hb., Hgb
HB
HBP
HC
hour
hydrogen history, hour, hypodermic
headache
hyperalimentation fluid
hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
hemoglobin
heart block
high blood pressure
head circumference
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H&C
HCG
HCO3
Hct.
HCVD
h.d.
Hd
HDl
HEENT
hern.
Hem
Hem Pro
Hep. Lock
HGO
HH
HIDA(scan)
HIE
hist.
HIV
HKAFO
HLA
HM
HMD
HMG
HNP
h/o
H.O.
HOB
horiz.
H&P
hpf
HPI
HPL
HR
H.R.S.T.
HS
HSG
H2O
H2O2
Ht
HVD
Hx
hot and cold
human chorionic gonadotropin
bicarbonate
hematocrit
hypertensive cardiovascular disease
at bedtime
head, Hodgkin’s disease
high density lipids
head, eyes, ears, nose, throat
hernia
Hematology
hematology profile
Heparin lock
hepatic glucose output
hard of hearing
hepatobiliary scan
hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
history, histology
human immunodificiency virus
hip knee ankle foot orthosis
human leukocyte group A,
histocompatibility leukocyte
focus
hand movement
hyaline membrane disease
human menopausal
gonadotropin
herniated nucleus
pulposus
history of
house officer
head of bed
horizontal
history and physical
high power field
history of present illness
human placental lactogen
heart rate
heat, reddening, swelling,
tenderness
bedtime
hysterosalpingography
water
hydrogen peroxide
height, heart
hypertensive vascular disease
history
Hyperal.
Hz
hyperalimenation
hertz (cycles/second)
I ________________________________
I
IA
IABP
i.c.
ICCU
ICF
ICS
ICT
ICU
i.d.
ID
I&D
IDDM
I/E
Ig
IGA
IGE
IGG
IGM
IH
IHD
IM
IMCU
imp.
IMP
IMV
In.
Inc. AB
incr.
Inev. AB
inf
inj
INR
inspir
int.
INTHC
radioactive iodine
intra-arterially
intra-aortic balloon pump
intracutaneous(ly)
intensive coronary care unit
intracellular fluid
intercostal space
insulin coma therapy
intensive care unit
during the day
intradermal, identification,
Infectious Disease
incision and drainage
insulin dependent diabetes
mellitus
inspiratory, expiratory
immunoglobulin
immunoglobulin A
immunoglobulin E
immunoglobulin gamma
G(Globulin)
immunoglobulin M
infectious hepatitis
ischemic heart disease
intramuscular,
intramedullary
intermediate medical care
unit
impression
inpatient multidimensional
psych scale
intermittent mandatory
ventilation
inches
incomplete abortion
increased (ing)
inevitable abortion
infusion, inferior
injured, injection
coagulant response time
inspiration, inspiratory
internal
intrathecally
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IO
I&O
IOP
IP
IPJ
IPPB
IQ
IRDS
irreg.
IS
IST
ITP
I,U., IU
IUC
IUCP
IUD
IUFD
IUGR
IUP
IUTP
IV
IVC
IVD
IVP
IVPB
IVU
inferior oblique
intake and output
intraocular pressure
intraperitoneal
interphalangeal joint
intermittent positive
pressure breathing
intelligence quota
idiopathic respiratory
distress syndrome
Irregular
intercostal space
insulin shock therapy
idiopathic thrombocytopenic
purpura
International Unit
intrauterine catheter
intrauterine contraceptive
device
intrauterine device
intrauterine fetal death
intrauterine growth retardation
intrauterine pregnancy
intrauterine term pregnancy
intravenous(ly)
inferior vena cava,
intravenous cholangiogram
intervertebral disc
intravenous pyelogram
intravenous piggy back
intravenous urogram
J ________________________________
J
J-P
JRA
jt.
JVP
joint
Jackson Pratt drain
juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
joint
jugular venous pulse
K ______________________________
K
KC1
Kcal.
Kg., kg.
KJ, K-J
KK
17 KS
potassium, kidney
potassium chloride
Kilocalorie, calorie
kilogram
knee jerk
knee kick
17 keto steroids
KUB
kidney, ureter, bladder
(x-rays)
keep vein open
KVO
L
______________________________
L
L2,L3
LA
lab.
lac.
lacr.
lact.
LAD
L&D
LAE
lam.
lap.
lat.
LAVH
lax
lb.
LB
LBBB
LBP
LBW
LCA
L.D.
LDH
LDL
LE
L.E.
leuc.
LF
LFA
LFD
LFP
LFT
lg
LGA
LGV
LH
LHT
LICS
lig.
LIH
left, liver, liter, lower, light, lumbar
second, third lumbar vertebrae
left antrum
laboratory
laceration
lacrimal
lactic
left anterior descending coronary artery
labor and delivery
left atrial enlargement
laminectomy
laparotomy
lateral
laparoscopic assisted vaginal
hysterectomy
laxative
pound
large bowel
left bundle branch block
lower back pain
low birth weight
left coronary artery
lethal dose
lactic dehydrogenase
low density lipids
lupus erythematosus
lower extremities
leukocytes
low forceps, low flap
left frontoanterior
low forceps delivery
left frontoposterior
left frontotransverse, liver function test
large, leg
large for gestational age
lymphogranuloma
venereum
luteinizing hormone
left hypertrophia
left intercostal space
ligament
left inguinal hernia
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liq.
LKS
LL
LLE
LLG
LLL
LLQ
LMA
LMD
l/min
LML
LMP
LMT
L.N.
LNMP
LOA
L.O.C.
LOM
LOP
LOS
LOT
LP
lpf
LPN
LR
LRQ
Ls.
L.S.
LSA
LSB
LSCS
LSK
LSO
LSP
LST
Lt.
LTCS
LUE
LUL
LUQ
LV
LVEDP
LVF
liquid
liver, kidneys, spleen
lower lid
left lower extremity
left lateral gaze
left lower lobe
left lower quadrant
left mentoanterior
family doctor
liter per minute
left mediolateral
left mentoposterior, last menstrual period
left mentotransverse
lymph node
last normal menstrual period
left occiput anterior
loss of consciousness,
level of consciousness,
laxative of choice
left otitis media
left occipital posterior
length of stay
left occiput anterior
lumbar puncture, light perception
low power field
licensed practical nurse
labor room, lateral rectus,
light reflex
lower right quadrant
loose
lumbosacral
lateral sacrum anterior
left sternal border
lower segment Cesarean
section
liver, spleen, kidneys
left salpingo-oophorectomy
left sacrum posterior
left sacrum transverse
left, light
low transverse Cesarean section
left upper extremity
left upper lobe
left upper quadrant
left ventricle
left ventricular end diastolic pressure
left ventricular failure
LVH
L&W
LWCT
Lymphs
lytes
left ventricular hypertrophy
living and well
Lee-White Clotting Time,
coagulation time
lymphocytes
electrolytes
M ______________________________
m.
m,M
MA
macro.
MAP
max.
MBC
mcg.
MCH
MCHC
MCL
MCP
MCV
MD
MDI
Mdnt.
ME
MEC
Med.
MEq./L
Mets.
mg.
Mg.
MG
mg/dl
mg.%
m.g.r.
MH
Ml
micro
MICU
min
Mitr.I
ml.
MLF
minim
married, male, mother murmur, meter,
mass, molar
mental age
macrocytic, macroscopic
mean arterial pressure
maximum, maxillary
maximum breathing
capacity
microgram
mean corpuscular
hemoglobin
mean corpuscular
hemoglobin concentration
midclavicular line
metacarpophalangeal joint
mean corpuscular volume
muscular dystrophy
metered dose inhaler
midnight
middle ear, medical examiner
medical emergency clinic
medicine
milliequivalents per liter
metastasis
milligram
magnesium
myasthenia gravis
milligrams per deciliter
milligrams per 100 cc
murmurs, gallops, or rubs
marital history
myocardial infarction, mitral insufficiency
microcytic, microscopic
medical intensive care unit
minute
mitral insufficiency
milliliter
medial longitudinal fasciculus
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mm
mm.
MM
MMPI
Mn.
mod
MOM
mono.
MP
MPA
MR
MRI
MRM
ms
Ms
MS
MSL
mss
MT
M.T.
MVA
MVP
MVR
MW
millimeter
muscles
mucous membrane
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality
Inventory
manganese, midnight
moderate
milk of magnesia
monocyte
metacarpophalangea, metacarpophalangeal
malpractice attorney
medial rectus, mental
retardation, mitral regurgitation
magnetic resonance imaging
modified radical
mastectomy
mitral stenosis
murmurs
mitral stenosis, multiple sclerosis, morphine sulfate
midsternal line
massage
metacarpophalangeal (joint)
muscles and tendons
motor vehicle accident
mitral valve prolapse
mitral valve replacement
maximum voluntary ventilation
N ______________________________
n.
N2
N2O
Na
NaCl
NAD
nb
NB
NBM
NBS
NED
neg.
NER
NERD
Neur.
nerve
nitrogen
nitrous oxide (anesthetic)
sodium
sodium chloride
no apparent distress
note well
newborn
nothing by mouth
normal bowel sounds, normal breath
sounds
no evidence of disease
negative
no evidence of recurrence
no evidence of recurrent disease
Neurology
NG
NI
NIC
NICU
NIDDM
NKA
NM
NMR
noct.
NOS
NP
N.P.
NPH
NPN
NPO
Ns.
N.S.
NSA
NSAID
NSD
NSR
NST
N&V
NS
NSVD
NTG
NTP
nullip
NVD
N&W
NWB
NYD
nasogastric tube
no insurance
neonatal intensive care
neonatal intensive care unit
noninsulin dependent diabetes mellitus
no known allergies
neuromuscular
nuclear magnetic resonance
nocturnal
not otherwise specified
neuropsychiatric
Neuropsychiatry
NPH insulin (Neutral Protamine Zinc)
nonprotein nitrogen
nothing by mouth
nerves
nervous system
no significant abnormality
nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drug
normal spontaneous delivery
normal sinus rhythm
non-stress test
nausea and vomiting
Neurosurgery
normal spontaneous vaginal delivery
nitroglycerine
normal temperature and pressure
never gave birth
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
normal and well
non-weight bearing
not yet diagnosed
O ______________________________
o
O
O2
O2 cap.
O2 sat.
OA
OB, OBG
OB/GYN
Obs
OBS
OCC.
OD
O/E
none, without
oral
oxygen
oxygen capacity
oxygen saturation
osteoarthritis
Obstetrics
Obstetrics and Gynecology
observation
organic brain syndrome
occipital, occasional
right eye
on examination
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Medical Abbreviations Glossary
OH
17 OH
OHD
oint.
O.M.
OMS
OOB
Op.
OPC
OPD
Ophth.
OR
OR-IF
ORT
Ortho.
os
OS
ot.
Oto
OTC
O.T.
OU
OV
oz.
occupational history
17 hydroxy steroid
organic heart disease
ointment
otitis media
organic mental syndrome
out of bed
operation
outpatient clinic
outpatient department
Ophthalmology
operating room, open reduction
open reduction with internal fixation
operating room technician
Orthopaedic Surgery
opening, mouth, bone
left eye
ear
Otolaryngology
over-the-counter (pharmaceuticals)
occupational therapy, old tuberculin
both eyes
office visit
ounce
P ______________________________
P
P2
PA
P-A
p&a
PAC
PaCO2
PACU
PAF
palp.
PaO2
Pap
Para
PARU
PAS
PAT
Path.
PA view
Pb
PB
after, phosphorus pulse
pulmonic second heart sound
physician’s assistant
posteroanterior
percussion and auscultation
premature atrial, auricular contraction
arterial carbon dioxide tension pressure
post anesthesia care unit
paroxysmal atrial fibrillation
palpate, palpated, palpable
alveolar oxygen pressure
Papanicolaou test (pap smear)
prior births, paraplegic
post anesthesia recovery unit
pulmonary artery systolic pressure
pregnancy at term, paroxysm atrial tachycardia
Pathology
posterioranterior view on x-ray
lead
peripheral blood
PBI
p/c., p.c.
PCL
PCO2
PCV
PD
PDA
pdr.
PDR
PDN
PE
Ped.
PEEP
PEG
PEN
PERRLA
PET
PF
PFC
PFT
pH
PH
pharm
PHYS.
PI
PICA
PICU
PID
PIP
Pit.
PKU
Plac.
plts.
PM
P.M.
PMH
PMN
PM&R
PN
P&N
PNC
PND
pneu.
protein bound iodine
after meals
posterior cruciate ligament
carbon dioxide concentration
packed cell volume (of blood)
pupillary distance, peritoneal dialysis
patent ductus arteriosus
powder
Physician’s Desk Reference
private duty nurse
physical examination, pulmonary
embolism
Pediatrics
positive end expiratory pressure
pneumoencephalogram
Penicillin
pupils equal, round, reactive to light and
accommodation (normal)
positron emission tomography
push fluids
persistent fetal circulation
pulmonary function test
hydrogen ion concentration
past history
pharmacy
physical, physiology
present illness, pulmonary insufficiency
posterior inferior coronary artery
pulmonary intensive care unit
pelvic inflammatory disease
proximal interphalangeal
Pitocin
phenylkentonuria
placenta
platelets
petit mal
afternoon, post-mortem
past medical history
polymorphonuclear (leukocytes)
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
poorly nourished, practical nurse
Psychiatry and Neurology
prenatal clinic, premature nodal contraction
paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea, post nasal
drip
pneumo, pneumonia
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PNI
PNX
p.o.
PO2
POC
p.o.d.
polys
peripheral nerve injury
pneumothorax
by mouth
oxygen pressure (or tension)
product of conception
postoperative day
polymorphonuclear
leukocytes
POMR
problem oriented medical record
poplit.
popliteal
pos.
positive
post.
posterior
POSTOP.
postoperative
pot. or potass. potassium
pp
post partum, post prandial
PPBS
post prandial blood sugar
PPD
purified protein derivative
PPF
protein plasma fractional
PPH
post partum hemorrhage
ppm
parts per million
PPPG
post prandial plasma glucose
p.r.
per rectum
PR
Proctology
PRBC
packed red blood cells
PRE
progressive resistive exercise
prem
premature
pre-op
preoperative
prep.
prepare for
primip.
first pregnancy
p.r.m.
according to circumstances
p.r.n., PRN
as often as necessary
prod.
productive
Prog.
prognosis
PROM
passive range of motion, premature rupture of membranes
pron.
pronator, pronation
pros.
prostate, prostatic
prosth.
prosthesis
prot.
protein, Protestant
pro.time
prothrombin time
PS
pulmonary stenosis, psychotic, Plastic
Surgery
PSH
past surgical history
psi
pounds per square inch
PSMA
progressive spinal muscular atrophy
Psych.
Psychiatry
pt., Pt.
patient
PT
P.T.
PTA
PTB
PTCA
PU
PUD
PUPPP
PV
PVC
PVD
PVR
PVT
PWB%
Px, PX
physical therapy
physical therapy, posterior tibial artery
pulse
prior to admission, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty
patellar tendon bearing
percutaneous transvenous coronary
angioplasty (balloon angioplasty)
pregnancy urine
peptic ulcer disease
pruritic urticarial papules & plaques of
pregnancy
plasma volume, peripheral vascular
premature ventricular
contraction
peripheral vascular disease
pulmonary vascular resistance
previous trouble
partial weight bearing with
percent
physical examination
Q ______________________________
q
q.d.
q.h.
q2H
q4H
q.i.d.
q.i.w.
q.l.
qn, q.n.
q.n.s., QNS
q.o.d.
q.o.n.
q.p.
q.q., Q.Q.
q.q.h.
q.s.
qt.
qts.
quad.
quant.
q.v.
q.w.
every
every day
every hour
every two hours
every four hours
four times a day
four times a week
as much as desired
every night
quantity not sufficient
every other day
every other night
as much as you please
each, every
every four hours
quantity, sufficient
quart
drops
quadriplegic
quantitative or quantity
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R ______________________________
r., R
R.
Ra
RA
rad.
RAI
r.a.m.
R.A.S.
RAtx
RBBB
rbc/RBC
RCA
RCS
RCU
RD
RDS
RE
rect.
reg.
rehab.
resp.
RF
RFA
RFP
RFT
Rh, Rh.
RH
RHD
RHF
RHT
RIH
RLA
R to L&A
RLE
RLF
RLL
RLQ
RMA
RML
RMP
RMSF
RMT
RNA
RO, R/O
right, rectal, roentgen, x-ray
rub, rectal temperature
radium
rheumatoid arthritis, right atrium
radial
radioactive iodine
rapid alternating movements
right arm sitting
radiation therapy
right bundle branch block
red blood cell, red blood count
right coronary artery
reticulum cell sarcoma
respiratory care unit
respiratory distress, reaction to degeneration
respiratory distress syndrome
reconditioning exercise
rectum, rectal (ly), rectus muscle
regular
rehabilitation
respiratory, respirations
rheumatic fever
right frontoanterior
right frontoposterior
right frontotransverse
rhesus blood factor
right hyperphoria
rheumatic heart disease
right heart failure
right hypertrophia
right inguinal hernia
Rancho Los Amigo Scale
react to light and accommodation
right lower extremity
retrolental fibroplasia
right lower lobe
right lower quadrant
right mentoanterior
right mediolateral,
right middle lobe
right mentoposterior
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
right mentotransverse
ribonucleic acid
rule out
ROA
ROM
ROP
ROS
ROT
RP
RQ
RR
RRE, RR&E
RSO
RSA
RSD
RSP
RSR
RST
Rt.
RT
RTC
RUC
RUE
RUL
RUQ
RV
RVH
Rx
S
right occipital anterior
range of motion, rupture of membranes,
right otitis media
right occipital posterior
review of systems
right occipital transverse
retrograde pyelogram
respiratory quotient
recovery room
round, regular, and equal
right salpingo-oophorectomy
right sacrum anterior
reflex sympathetic
dystrophy
right sacrum posterior
regular sinus rhythm
right sacrum transverse
right
radiation therapy, respiratory therapy
return to clinic
regular uterine contraction
right upper extremity
right upper lobe
right upper quadrant
residual volume
right ventricular hypertrophy
therapy, prescription
______________________________
s
S
Sa.
S&A
SAH
SaO2
SB
SBE
SBFT
SBO
s.c.
SC
SCC
SCD
schiz
SCU
sec
sed. rate
without
sensation, sensitive, serum
Saline
sugar and acetone
systemic arterial hypertension
arterial oxygen saturation
stillborn
subacute bacterial endocarditis
small bowel follow through (x-ray)
small bowel obstruction
subcutaneous(ly)
sickle cell
sickle cell crisis
sudden cardiac death
schizophrenia
special care unit
second
erythrocyte sedimentation rate
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Medical Abbreviations Glossary
sem. ves
Sens.
sep.
Sept. AB
Serol.
SGA
s.gl.
SGOT,SGO-T
SH
SI
sib.
SICU
SIDS
skel.
Sl.
SL
SLE
SLR
sm
SMA-14
SNS
SO
SO4
S.O.A.P.
SOB
sod.
Sol.
sono.
S.O.S.
sp.
S/P
sp.cd.
spec.
sp.fl.
spg.
sp.gr
sp&H
spin.
spont.
SR
SROM
SS
SSE
st
st.
Staph, Staph.
seminal vesicles
sensory, sensation
separated
septic abortion
serology, serological test
small for gestational age
without correction (without glasses)
serum glutamic oxalacetic transaminase
social history, serum hepatitis
sacroiliac joint, stroke index
sibling
surgical intensive care unit
sudden infant death syndrome
skeletal
slightly
under the tongue
systemic lupus erythematosus
straight leg raising
small
routine admission chemistry
sympathetic nervous system
superior oblique
sulfate
subjective, objective assessment plan
shortness of breath
sodium
solution
sonogram
repeat once if urgent
spine, spinal
status post (previous condition)
spinal cord
specimen
spinal fluid
sponge
specific gravity
speech and hearing
spine, spinal
spontaneous
system review, superior rectus muscle,
sedimentation rate, stimulus response
spontaneous rupture of membranes
social service
soap suds enema
stage (of disease)
stomach
staphylococcus
stat.,STAT
STD
stom, st.
strep.
S.T.S.
subcut.
subling.
sulf.
sup.
supin.
supp
surg.
SVC
SVD
SVR
SVT
SWD
Sx
sys.
syst.
immediately
sexually transmitted disease
stomach
streptococcus
serological test for syphilis
subcutaneous
sublingual
sulfate
superior
supination
suppository
surgery, surgical
superior vena cava
spontaneous vaginaldelivery
systemic vascular resistance
supra ventricular tachycardia
short wave diathermy
symptoms
system
systolic
T ______________________________
T3
T4
TA
T&A
T&C
tab.
TAB
TAH
T.A.T.
TB
TBI
TBLC
tbsp.
TCDB
TEE
temp
TENS
TESD
T.F.
T of F
TGA
THERAP.
thor.
THR
triodothyronine
total serum thyroxine
tendon Achilles
tonsils and adenoids, tonsillectomy and
adenoidectomy
type and crossmatch
tablet
therapeutic abortion
total abdominal hysterectomy
tetanus antitoxin
tuberculosis
total body irradiation
term birth living child
tablespoon
turn, cough, deep breathe
transesophageal echocardiography
temperature
transient electric nerve stimulation
total end systolic diameter
tuning fork
tetralogy of Fallot
transposition great vessels
therapy,therapeutic
thorax, thoracic
total hip replacement
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Medical Abbreviations Glossary
TI
TIA
t.i.d.
TIP
TIUP
t.i.w.
TJ
TKR
TLC
T.M.
TMJ
TNI
TNM
TO
TOA
to AA
T, OD
TORCH (titer)
TP
TPA
TPN
TPR
tr
trach
TS
TSH
tsp.
TSS
T,T.
TTI
TTP
T-Tube
TUR
TURB
TURP
TV
TVH
TVR
Tx
tricuspid insufficiency
transient ischemic shock, transient
ischemic attack
three times a day
terminal interphalangeal (joint)
term intrauterine pregnancy
three times per week
triceps reflex
total knee replacement
tender loving care, total lung capacity
tympanum membrani (ear drum)
temporomandibular joint
total nodal irradiation
tumor, nodes, and metastases
telephone order
tubo-ovarian abscess
to affected areas
tension, right eye
toxoplamosis others (hepatitis, beta strep,
flu, mumps, etc.) rubella, cytomegalovirus
(CMV), herpes virus II
term pregnancy
thrombo proteolytic activity
total parenteral nutrition
temperature, pulse, respiration
trace
tracheostomy
tricuspid stenosis
thyroid stimulating hormone
teaspoon
toxic shock syndrome
temperature, thoracic
total thromboplastin index
thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura
cholangiogram
transurethral resection
transurethral resection of the bladder
transurethral resection of the prostate
tidal volume
total vaginal hysterectomy
tricuspid valve replacement
treatment, traction
U ______________________________
U.
unit
U/A
UC
UCD
UCG
UCHD
UG
UGI
UL
uln
ULQ
ung.
unilat.
u/o
Ur.
URD
URI
Urol.
URQ
u/s, US
USI
USN
USP.
USPHA
ut.
UTI
UVL
urinalysis
uterine contractions
usual childhood diseases
urinary chorionic gonadotropin
usual childhood diseases
upward gaze
upper gastrointestinal series (x-rays),
upper gastrointestinal tract
upper lid
ulnar
upper left quadrant
ointment
unilateral
under observation for, urine output
urine
upper respiratory disease
upper respiratory infection
Urology
upper right quadrant
ultrasound
urinary stress incontinence
ultrasonic nebulizer
United States Pharmacy
United States Public Health
Administration
uterus, uterine
urinary tract infection
ultraviolet light
V ______________________________
V
VA
vag
VC, (vit.cap)
VCS
VCU
Vd
VD
VDRL
vent.
vert.
VF
VG
VHD
VI
V.I.
Via
vein
visual acuity
vagina, vaginal
vital capacity
vasoconstrictor substance
voiding cystourethrogram
void
venereal disease
blood test for syphilis
ventilator
vertical
visual fields, ventricular fibrillation
vein graft
valvular heart disease
volume index
vaginal irrigation
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VIPS
vit.
VLDL
VM
VN
VO
VOD
vol
VOS
VP
VPC
VS, V.S.
VSA
VSD
VSS
VT, V Tach
V&T
VTX
Vx.
voluntary interruption of pregnancy and
sterilization service
vitamin
very low density lipoproteins
vestibular membrane
visiting nurse
verbal order
vision right eye
volume
vision left eye
venous pressure
ventricular premature contraction
vital signs
vital signs absent
ventricular septal defect
vital signs stable
ventricular tachycardia
volume and tension (pulse)
vertex
vertex presentation
Y ______________________________
y.o.
yrs.
years old
years
W ______________________________
W
W/A
Wass.
WB
wbc, WBC
W/C, wh.ch.
WBT
WDWN
WE
WF
wk
WM
w/n
WN
WNL
WP
wt.
w/u
widowed, white
while awake
Wasserman
whole blood
white blood cells, white blood count
wheelchair
weight bearing to tolerance
well developed, well nourished
wide excision
white female
week
white male
within
well nourished
within normal limits
whirlpool
weight
workup
X ______________________________
x
X
XT
times
exophoria distance
exotrophia distance
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