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Medical Abbreviations
Common medical abbreviations (A-K)
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09/19/2012

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Term
A&O
Definition
Alert and Oriented
Term
ABG
Definition
Arterial Blood Gas
Term
ADL
Definition
Activities of Daily Living
Term
AEB
Definition
As Evidenced By
Term
AKA
Definition
Above the Knee Amputation
Term
AM/ a.m.
Definition
morning
Term
AMP
Definition
Ample
Term
ANA
Definition
American Nurses Association
Term
AP
Definition
Apical Pulse
Term
ARF
Definition
Acute Renal Failure
Term
ASAP
Definition
As Soon As Possible
Term
BE
Definition
Barium Edema
Term
BID/ bid
Definition
Twice a day
Term
BKA
Definition
Below the Knee Amputation
Term
BM
Definition
Bowel Movement
Term
BMR
Definition
Basal Metabolism Rate
Term
BP
Definition
Blood Pressure
Term
BPM
Definition
Beats Per Minute
Term
BR
Definition
Bed Rest
Term
BRP
Definition
Bathroom Privileges
Term
BS
Definition
Breath Sounds
Term
BSC
Definition
Bedside Commode
Term
BSN
Definition
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Term
BUN
Definition
Blood Urea Nitrogen
Term
Bx
Definition
biopsy
Term
C
Definition
Centigrade
Term
C/O
Definition
Complains Of
Term
CA
Definition
Cancer
Term
CBC
Definition
Complete Blood Count
Term
CCU
Definition
Coronary Care Unit
Term
CDC
Definition
Center of Disease Control
Term
CHF
Definition
Congestive Heart Failure
Term
CO2
Definition
Carbon Dioxide
Term
COPD
Definition
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Term
CPT
Definition
Chest Physical Therapy
Term
CVA
Definition
Cerebral Vascular Accident
Term
CXR
Definition
Chest X-Ray
Term
D5 1/2NS
Definition
Dextrose 5% in 0.45% Sodium Chloride (normal saline) (IVF)
Term
D5NS
Definition
Dextrose 5% in 0.9% Sodium Chloride (normal saline) (IVF)
Term
D5W
Definition
Dextrose 5% in Water
Term
DB&C
Definition
Deep Breath and Cough
Term
DM
Definition
Diabetes Mellitus
Term
DNR
Definition
Do Not Resuscitate
Term
DOA
Definition
Dead On Arrival
Term
ED
Definition
Emergency Department
Term
EEG
Definition
Electroencephalogram
Term
EENT
Definition
Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat
Term
EKG
Definition
Electrocardiogram
Term
ENDO
Definition
Endoscopy
Term
ER
Definition
Emergency Room
Term
ETT
Definition
Endotracheal Tube
Term
F
Definition
Fahrenheit
Term
FBS
Definition
Fasting Blood Sugar
Term
FUO
Definition
Fever of Unknown Origin
Term
GB
Definition
Gallbladder
Term
GI
Definition
Gastrointestinal
Term
GU
Definition
Genitourinary
Term
GYN
Definition
Gynecology
Term
H&H
Definition
Hemoglobin & Hematocrit
Term
H&P
Definition
History & Physical
Term
HA
Definition
Headache
Term
HCT
Definition
Hematocrit
Term
HOB
Definition
Head Of Bed
Term
HR
Definition
Heart Rate
Term
Hx
Definition
History of
Term
I&O
Definition
Intake & Output
Term
ICU
Definition
intensive care unit
Term
IM
Definition
Intramuscular
Term
IV
Definition
Intravenous
Term
IVF
Definition
Intravenous Fluid
Term
JCAHO
(TJC)
Definition
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
(The Joint Commission)
Term
KCL
Definition
Potassium chloride
Term
KUB
Definition
Kidney, Ureters, & Bladder (X-ray)
Term
KVO
Definition
Keep Vein Open (IV lines)
Term
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a
Definition
before
Term
_
c
Definition
with
Term
a.c.
Definition
before meals
Term
ad lib
Definition
as desired
Term
adb
Definition
abdominal
Term
amt
Definition
amount
Term
ax.
Definition
axillary
Term
cap.
Definition
capsule
Term
cath
Definition
catheter
Term
cont
Definition
continued
Term
drg
Definition
drainage
Term
dsg
Definition
dressing
Term
elix
Definition
elixir
Term
fld
Definition
fluid
Term
fx
Definition
fracture
Term
gtts
Definition
drops
Term
h/hr
Definition
hour
Term
hgb
Definition
hemoglobin