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Understanding the medical terminology used on the NCLEX should be a top priority when preparing for the NCLEX. Medical terms can sometimes be confusing due to the use of medical abbreviations. If you are unable to understand the medical terminology used on the NCLEX then you will have poor chance of picking the correct answer. Depending on your clinical rotations you may also be more familiar with certain medical terms in a specific area of nursing. Generally, nurses that have the broadest experience with medical terminology will have a better understanding to answer questions that contain complex medical terminology on the NCLEX test. Take time to review the following abbreviations on the NCLEX test as well as a more thorough list as found in the NCLEX study guide linked to the right hand side of this page. ADH AML APC ASD BPH BUN Ca CA CC CPK CRP DOE ECT FUO antidieuretic hormone acute myelogenous leukemia atrial premature contraction atrial septal defect benign prostatic hypertrophy blood, urea, nitrogen calcium cancer chief complaint creatine phosphokinase C-reactive protein dyspnea on exertion electroconvulsive therapy fever of undetermined origin
CAPD continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
DIFF differential blood count D/W dextrose in water ESRD end stage renal disease
GH GSC Hg HLA Hz ICS IPG JRA
growth hormone glascow coma scale mercury human leukocyte antigen hertz intercostal space impedance plethysmogram juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
Practicing nurses have the luxury of being able to look up medial abbreviations and definitions before making patient care decisions. However, the NCLEX test does not allow that option. If you are confused by the medical terminology on the NCLEX, you will not be able to use a medical dictionary for reference purposes.