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Medical Terminology

Medical Terminology

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COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGEDEPARTMENT OF NURSINGNURSING 1118APPROVED ABBREVIATIONS MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY: SYMBOL MEANING SYMBOLMEANING@
AT
aa
of each
ac
 before meals
ad lib
as desired
am
morning
as tol
as tolerated
bid
twice a day
c
with
c/o
complains of 
d/c
discharge; discontinue
e.g.
for example
et
and
etc
and so on
h/o
history of 
h.s.
hours sleep
p.c.
after meals
p
after 
p.o.
 by mouth
p.m.
afternoon
prn
whenever necessary
q
every
q.i.d
four times a day
s
without
STAT
immediately
t.i.d.
three times a day
w/c
wheel chair 
 RELATED TO ACTIVITY: SYMBOL MEANING SYMBOLMEANINGADL
activities of daily living
ASAP
as soon as possible
OOB
out of bed
CBR 
complete bed rest
BRP
 bathroom privileges
T, C DB
turn, cough, deep breathe
 RELATED TO HEALTH TEAM: SYMBOLMEANING SYMBOLMEANINGCCU
coronary care unit
DON
director of nursing
Dr.
doctor 
DO
doctor of osteopathy
LPN
licensed practical nurse
MD
medical doctor 
MICU
medical intensive care
OT
occupational therapist
PT
 physical therapy
RT
respiratory therapist
RR 
recovery room
RD
registered dietician
RN
registered nurse
ER 
emergency room
OR 
operating room
SICU
surgical intensive care
 
 
 
RELATED TO DIAGNOSTIC TESTS: SYMBOLMEANING SYMBOLMEANINGABG
arterial blood gas
BE
 barium enema
BM
 bowel movement
BP
 blood pressure
BS
 blood sugar 
BUN
 blood urea nitrogen
Bx
 biopsy
C & S
culture & sensitivity
CBC
complete blood count
D & C
dilation & curettage
diff 
differential
Dx
diagnosis
ECG,EKG
electrocardiogram
EEG
electroencephalogram
FBS
fasting blood sugar 
HGB
hemoglobin
HCT
hematocrit
KUB
kidneys, ureters, bladder 
lymphs
lymphocytes
 potassium
Na
sodium
PFT
 pulmonary function test
RBC
red blood cell count
sp. gr.
specific gravity
WBC
white blood cell count
WNL
within normal limits 
RELATED TO NURSING PROCEDURES/POSITIONS: SYMBOLMEANING SYMBOLMEANINGA& P
anterior/ posterior 
abd
abdominal
ax
axillary
C
centigrade
cath
catheterize
CC
chief complaint
CNS
central nervous system
CPR 
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
DAT
diet as tolerated
DOA
dead on arrival
exam
examination
F
Fahrenheit
Hx
history
HOB
head of bed
Ht
height
HR 
heart rate
ID
intradermal
I & O
intake & output
LLQ
left lower quadrant
LUQ
left upper quadrant
LMP
last menstrual period
NKA
 No known allergies
NKDA
no known drug allergies
NPO
nothing by mouth
PID
 pelvic inflammatory disease
respiration
RLQ
right lower quadrant
RUQ
right upper quadrant
Rx
treatment/prescription
SOB
short of breath
SS
soapsuds
TLC
tender loving care
TPR 
temperature, pulse,respiration 
VS
vital signs
VO/ PO
verbal/ telephone orders
Wt
weight 
 
 
RELATED TO MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION:
 
SYMBOLMEANING SYMBOLMEANINGamp
ampule
ASA
aspirin
cm
centimeter 
cap
capsule
fl
fluid
G
gram
gr
grain
gtt
drop
h
hour 
IV
intravenous
kg
kilogram
L
liter 
lab
laboratory
lb
 pound
minum
minum
mcg
microgram
ml
milliliter 
mm
millimeter 
NS
normal saline
NOC
night
qt
quart
mg
milligram
tab
tablet
x
times 
RELATED TO DISEASE PROCESSES: SYMBOLMEANING SYMBOLMEANINGASHD
arteriosclerotic heart disease
A & O
alert & oriented
CHF
congestive heart failure
CO2
carbon dioxide
EENT
eyes, ears, nose throat
Fx
fracture
GB
gallbladder 
GI
gastrointestinal
GU
genitourinary
H & P
history & physical
O2
oxygen
OB
obstetrics
PE
 pulmonary embolus
PID
 pelvic inflammatory disease
T & A
tonsillectomy & adnoid-ectomy 
URI
upper respiratoary infection
UTI
urinary tract infection

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