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Latest revision as of 20:37, 30 July 2020

Common Abbreviations

More medical abbreviations

(ver change, need to know...etc.)

  • ABG arterial blood gas
  • ACE angiotensin-converting enzyme
  • ACTH adrenocorticotropic hormone
  • ADH antidiuretic hormone
  • AED automated external defibrillator
  • AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
  • ALP alkaline phosphatase
  • ALT alanine aminotransferase  old version is SGPT
  • ASA acetylsalicylic acid aspirin
  • AST aspartate aminotransferase old version is SGOT
  • ATP adenosine triphosphate
  • BCG bacille Calmette-Guérin
  • bid 2 times a day
  • BIBA brought in by ambulance
  • BIBP brought in by police
  • BLS basic life support
  • BMR basal metabolic rate
  • BP blood pressure
  • BPAD bipolar affective disorder
  • BPD borderline personality disorder Often incorrectly used for bipolar disorder (BPAD is preferred)
  • BSA body surface area
  • BR bedside rounds
  • BUN blood urea nitrogen
  • C Celsius; centigrade; complement
  • Ca calcium
  • CAMP cyclic adenosine monophosphate
  • CBC complete blood count
  • cGy centigray
  • Ci curie
  • CK creatine kinase
  • Cl chloride; chlorine
  • cm centimeter(s)/centimetre(s)
  • CNS central nervous system
  • CO2 carbon dioxide
  • COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • CPK creatine phosphokinase
  • CPK-MB creatine phosphokinase muscle bandisoenzyme
  • CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • CSF cerebrospinal fluid
  • CT computed tomography
  • Cu cubic
  • D & C dilation and curettage
  • dL deciliter(s)/decilitre(s) 1 dL = 100 mL
  • DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
  • DTP diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis(toxoids/vaccine)
  • D/W dextrose in water
  • ECF extracellular fluid
  • ECG electrocardiogram
  • EEG electroencephalogram
  • EGD esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • ENT ear nose and throat
  • ERCP endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • ESR erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • F Fahrenheit
  • FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Ft foot; feet measure unit
  • FUO fever of unknown origin
  • G, g gram(s)
  • GFR glomerular filtration rate
  • GI gastrointestinal
  • GVHD Graft-versus-host disease
  • G6PD glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
  • GU genitourinary
  • Gy gray
  • H, h, hr hour(s) '/24' is generally used in some regions.
  • Hb hemoglobin
  • HCl hydrochloric acid; hydrochloride
  • HCO3 bicarbonate
  • Hct hematocrit
  • Hg mercury
  • HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • HIV human immunodeficiency virus
  • HLA human leukocyte antigen
  • HMG-CoA hydroxymethyl glutaryl coenzyme A
  • hs at bedtime 
  • Hz hertz cycles/second unit
  • ICF intracellular fluid
  • ICU intensive care unit
  • IgA etc. immunoglobin A
  • IL interleukin
  • IM intramuscular(ly)
  • INR international normalized ratio
  • IPPB intermittent positive pressure breathing
  • IU international unit
  • IV intravenous(ly)
  • IVU intravenous urography
  • K potassium
  • kcal kilocalorie(s) mean food calorie
  • kg kilogram(s)
  • L liter(s)/litre(s)
  • lb pound(s)
  • LDH lactic dehydrogenase
  • LDLc low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • M molar
  • m meter(s)/metre(s)
  • mane in the morning
  • mc micro- Required in some regions to avoid the confusion of 'μ' with 'm' ('milli-').
  • MCH mean corpuscular hemoglobin
  • MCHC mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration
  • mCi millicurie
  • MCV mean corpuscular volume
  • mEq Milliequivalent
  • midi midday
  • Mg magnesium
  • mg milligram(s)
  • MI myocardial infarction
  • MIC minimum inhibitory concentration
  • min(s) minute(s) '/60' is used in some regions.
  • mIU milli-international unit
  • mL, ml milliliter(s)/millilitre(s)
  • mm millimeter(s)/millimetre(s)
  • mmol millimole(s)
  • mo month '/12' is used in some regions.
  • mol wt molecular weight
  • mOsm milliosmole(s)
  • MRI magnetic resonance imaging
  • N nitrogen; normal unit to measure strength of solution
  • Na sodium
  • NaCl sodium chloride
  • ng nanogram billionth of a gram; also known as millimicrogram
  • nm nanometer billionth of a meter; also known as millimicron
  • nmol nanomole
  • nocte at night
  • Npo nothing by mouth/nil by mouth
  • NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
  • O2 oxygen
  • OTC over-the-counter pharmaceuticals
  • oz ounce(s)
  • P phosphorus; pressure
  • PAco2 alveolar carbon dioxide partial pressure
  • Paco2 arterial carbon dioxide partial pressure
  • PAo2 alveolar oxygen partial pressure
  • Pao2 arterial oxygen partial pressure
  • PAS periodic acid-Schiff
  • Pco2 carbon dioxide partial pressure or tension
  • PCR polymerase chain reaction
  • PET positron emission tomography
  • pg picogram(s) micromicrogram
  • pH hydrogen ion concentration
  • PMN polymorphonuclear leukocyte
  • po orally
  • Po2 oxygen partial pressure or tension
  • PPD purified protein derivative tuberculin
  • ppm parts per million
  • prn as needed From the Latin pro re nata
  • PT prothrombin time
  • PTT partial thromboplastin time
  • q every
  • qid 4 times a day
  • RA rheumatoid arthritis
  • RBC red blood cell
  • RNA ribonucleic acid
  • Sao2 arterial oxygen saturation
  • SBE subacute bacterial endocarditis
  • sc subcutaneous(ly)
  • SI International System of Units
  • SIDS sudden infant death syndrome
  • SLE systemic lupus erythematosus
  • soln solution
  • sp species singular
  • sspp species plural
  • ssp gr specific gravity
  • sq square
  • SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor
  • STS serologic test(s) for syphilis
  • T&A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
  • TB tuberculosis
  • tds 3 times a day tid preferred in some regions
  • TIBC total iron-binding capacity
  • tid 3 times a day tds preferred in some regions
  • TPN total parenteral nutrition
  • URI upper respiratory infection
  • UTI urinary tract infection
  • WBC white blood cell
  • WHO World Health Organization
  • WR ward round
  • wt weight
  • μ micro-; micron
  • μCi microcurie
  • μg microgram(s)
  • μL microliter(s)/microlitre(s)
  • μm micrometer(s)/micrometre(s) Also referred to as microns
  • μmol micromole(s)
  • μOsm micro-osmole(s)
  • millimicron(s)

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