Bio-Med Vocab - Common Abbreviations

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  1. AAA
    abdominal aortic aneurysm
  2. ABG
    arterial blood gas
  3. a.c.
    before meals
  4. AD
    right ear
  5. ADH
    antidiuretic hormone (vasopressin)
  6. AF
    atrial fibrillation
  7. AFB
    acid-fast bacillus (TB organism)
  8. AIDS
    acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  9. AK
    above the knee
  10. ALL
    acute lymphocytic leukemia
  11. ALS
    amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig disease)
  12. AML
    acute myelogenous leukemia
  13. ANS
    autonomic nervous system
  14. ant
  15. AP
  16. APTT
    activated partial thromboplastin time (clotting)
  17. ARDS
    acute respiratory distress syndrome
  18. ARF
    acute renal failure
  19. AS
    acute stenosis
  20. AS*
    left ear
  21. AV
    atrioventricular; arteriovenous
  22. BBB
    bundle branch block
  23. BK
    below the knee
  24. Bm
    bowel movement
  25. BMR
    basal metabolic rate
  26. BP, B/P
    blood pressure
  27. BPH
    benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign prostatic hypertrophy
  28. BS
    blood sugar
  29. BUN
    blood urea nitrogen
  30. C&S
    culture and sensitivity
  31. c/o
    complains of, complaints
  32. CA
    cancer, chronological age, cardiac arrest
  33. CABG
    coronary artery bypass graft
  34. CAD
    coronary artery disease
  35. Cath
    catheterization, catheter
  36. CBC
    complete blood count
  37. CC
    cardiac catheterization, chief complaint
  38. CCU
    coronary care unite
  39. CF
    cystic fibrosis
  40. CHD
    coronary heart disease
  41. chemo
  42. CHF
    congestive heart failure
  43. CML
    chronic myelogenous leukemia
  44. CNS
    central nervous system
  45. CO2
    carbon dioxide
  46. COPD
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  47. CP
    cerebral palsy
  48. CPAP
    continuous positive airway pressure
  49. CPR
    cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  50. CRF
    chronic renal failure
  51. CS, C-section
    cesarean section
  52. CSF
    cerebrospinal fluid
  53. CV
  54. CVA
    cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  55. CVD
    cardiovascular disease
  56. CVS
    chorionic villus sampling
  57. CXR
    chest x-ray, chest radiograph
  58. ds, DC, D/C*
    discharge, discontinue
  59. DI
    diabetes insipidus; diagnostic imaging
  60. DKA
    diabetic ketoacidosis
  61. DM
    diabetes mellitus
  62. DOE
    dyspnea on exertion
  63. DPI
    dry powder inhaler
  64. DPT
    diptheria, pertussis, tetanus
  65. DO
    Doctor of Osteopathy
  66. DVT
    deep vein thrombosis, deep venous thrombosis
  67. Dx
  68. EBV
    Epstein-Barr virus
  69. ECG; EKG
    electrocardiogram; electrocardiography
  70. ECHO
    echocardiogram; echoencephalogram
  71. ED
    erectile dysfunction; emergency department
  72. EEG
  73. EENt
    eyes, ears, nose, throat
  74. EF
    ejection fraction
  75. EMG
  76. ENT
    ears, nose, and throat
  77. eos
    eosinophil (type of wbc)
  78. ERCP
    endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  79. ETT
    exercise tolerance test
  80. FBS
    fasting blood sugar
  81. FHR
    fetal heart rate
  82. FSH
    follicle-stimulating hormone
  83. FVC
    forced vital capacity
  84. Fx
  85. GB
  86. GERD
    gastroesophageal reflux disease
  87. GTT
    glucose tolerance test
  88. Hb, Hgb
  89. HBV
    hepatitis B virus
  90. HHCT, Hct
  91. HCV
    hepatitis C virus
  92. HD
    hemodialysis; hip disarticulation; hearing distance
  93. HDL
    high-density lipoprotein
  94. HF
    heart failure
  95. HMD
    hyaline membrane disease
  96. hs*
    half strength
  97. h.s.*
    at bedtime
  98. HSV
    herpes simplex virus
  99. Hx
  100. ICU
    intensive care unit
  101. IDDM
    insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
  102. IM
    intramuscular; infectious mononuceliosis
  103. IPPB
    intermittent positive pressure breathing
  104. IS
    intracostal space; incentive spirometry
  105. IUGR
    intrauterine growth rate; intrauterine growth retardation
  106. IVC
    intravenous holangiogram; intravenous cholangiography
  107. K
  108. LBBB
    left bundle branch block
  109. LBW
    low birth weight
  110. LLQ
    left lower quadrant
  111. LOC
    loss of consciousness
  112. LP
    lumbar puncture
  113. LV
    left ventricle
  114. MDI
    metered-dose inhaler
  115. MG
    myasthenia gravis
  116. MI
    myocardial infarction
  117. MS
    mitral stenosis, musculoskeletal; multiple sclerosis; mental status, magnesium sulfate
  118. MUGA
    multiple-gated acquisition (scan)
  119. MVP
    mitral valve prolapse
  120. MVR
    mitral valve replacement, massive vitreous retraction (blade); microvitreoretinal
  121. Na
    sodium (an electrolyte)
  122. NG
  123. NIDDM
    non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
  124. NPO, n.p.o.*
    nothing by mouth
  125. NSAIDS
    nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  126. NSR
    normal sinus rhythm
  127. O2
  128. OD
  129. OD*
    right eye
  130. OM
    otitis media (ear ache)
  131. OSA
    obstructive sleep apnea
  132. P
  133. PA
    posteroanterior, pernicious anemia; pulmonary artery
  134. PA
    premature atrial contraction
  135. PAT
    paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
  136. PCO2
    partial pressure of carbon dioxide
  137. PE
    physical examination; pulmonary embolism; pressure-equalizing (tube)
  138. PERRLA
    pupils equal, round, and reactive to light and accommodation
  139. PET
    positron emission tomography
  140. PFT
    pulmonary function test
  141. PGH
    pituitary growth hormone
  142. pH
    symbol for degree of acidity or alkalinity
  143. PKD
    polycystic kidney disease
  144. PMH
    past medical history
  145. PND
    paroxysmal nocturnal dispnea
  146. p.r.n.*
    as required
  147. PT
    prothrombin time, physical therapy
  148. PVC
    premature ventricular contraction
  149. RA
    right atrium; rheumatoid arthritis
  150. RBC, rbc
    red blood cell
  151. RD
    respiratory distress
  152. RDS
    respiratory distress syndrome
  153. RLQ
    right lower quadrant
  154. R/O
    rule out
  155. RV
    residual volume, right ventricle
  156. S1, S2,
    first sacral vertebra, second sacral vertebra
  157. SA, S-A
  158. SaO2
    arterial oxygen saturation
  159. SIDS
    sudden infant death syndrome
  160. SLE
    systemic lupus erythematosus; slit-lamp examination
  161. SOB
    shortness of breath
  162. Sx
  163. TB
  164. TIA
    transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke)
  165. TPR
    temperature, pulse, and respiration
  166. Tx
  167. URI
    upper respiratory infection
  168. UTI
    urinary tract infection
  169. VC
    vital capacity
  170. VSD
    ventricular septal defect
  171. VT
    ventricular tachycardia
  172. WBC, wbc
    white blood cell
  173. WN
  174. WNL
    within normal limits
  175. p.c.
    after meals
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Bio-Med Vocab - Common Abbreviations
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