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Δ
Diagnosis
ΔΔ
Differential diagnosis, i.e. the list of possible diagnoses
#
Fracture
#NOF
Fracture to the neck of the femur
Ψ
Psychiatry
Σ
Sigmoidoscopy
x/12
x number of months
x/40
x number of weeks of pregnancy
x/52
x number of weeks
x/7
x number of days
5-HT
Serotonin, 5-Hydroxytryptamine
A&Ox3
Alert and Oriented to person, place, and time
A&Ox4
Alert and Oriented to person, place, time, and circumstances (often used interchangeably with A&Ox3)
AAA
Abdominal aortic aneurysm
Ab
Antibody
ABC
aspiration biopsy cytology
ABCD
"Asymmetry, borders, color, diameter" features on considering "is it a Melanoma"?
ABD or abd
abdomen
ABG
Arterial blood gases
ABMT
Autologous bone marrow transplantation
ABPI
Ankle brachial pressure index
ABVD
doxorubicin bleomycin vinblastine dacarbazine First-line treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.
ABX
antibiotics
a.c.
before food, from Latin, ante cibum
ACE
Angiotensin converting enzyme
ACEI
Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors
Ach
Acetylcholine
ACL
Anterior cruciate ligament
ACLS
Advanced cardiac life support
ACTH
Adrenocorticotropic hormone
AD
Alzheimer's Disease
ADA
Adenosine deaminase
ADC
AIDS dementia complex
ADD
Attention Deficit Disorder
ADH
Antidiuretic hormone
ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADL
activities of daily living
ad lib
as desired from Latin, ad libitum
adm
admission
ADR
Adverse drug reaction
AEM
Ambulatory electrocardiogram monitoring
AF
Amniotic fluid
AFB
acid fast bacilli
AFO
ankle-foot orthosis
AFP
Alpha-fetoprotein
Ag
Antigen
AHF
Antihemophilic factor
AHG
Antihemophilic globulin
AHH
aryl hydrocarbon hydroxylase
AI
Aortic insufficiency
AICD
Automatic implanted cardiac defibrillator
AID
Artificial insemination by donor
AIDS
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AIH
artificial insemination by husband
AIIRB
Angiotensin II receptor antagonist
aka
also known as
ALG
Antilymphocytic globulin
ALL
Acute lymphocytic leukemia
ALP
Alkaline phosphatase
ALPS
Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome
ALS
Advanced Life Support
ALT
Alanine transferase
AMA
Advanced Maternal Age (35 years or greater)
AMC
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
AMI
Acute myocardial infarction
AML
Acute myelocytic leukemia
AMP
Adenosine monophosphate
AMS
atypical measles syndrome
ANA
Anti-nuclear antibody
ANCA
Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies
ANF
Atrial natriuretic factor
ANP
Atrial natriuretic peptide
ANS
Autonomic nervous system
ANUG
Acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
AP
Alkaline phosphatase
APAP
acetaminophen, paracetamol; from the chemical name N-acetyl-para-aminophenol
APD
adult polycystic disease
APECED
autoimmune polyendocrinopathy
APH
Antepartum haemorrhage
APLS
antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
APSAC
Anisoylated plasminogen streptokinase activator complex
APS
autoimmune polyglandular syndrome
aPTT
Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time
AR
Aortic Regurgitation
ARB
Angiotensin II receptor antagonist
ARC
AIDS related complex
ARDS
Acute respiratory distress syndrome
ARF
Acute renal failure
Arg
Arginine
ART
antiretroviral therapy
ARM
Artificial rupture of membranes
ASA
Acetylsalicylic acid - commonly known as aspirin
AS
Aortic stenosis
ASCAD
arteriosclerotic coronary artery disease
ASD
Atrial septal defect
ASGUS
Atypical squamous glandular cells of undetermined significance
ASCUS
Atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance
ASL
American sign language
ASO
Antistreptolysin O
ASOT
Antistreptolysin O titre
AST
Aspartate transaminase
ASX
Asymptomatic
ATCC
American Type Culture Collection
ATG
Antithymic globulin
AT-III
Antithrombin III
ATP
Anti-tachycardia pacing
AVM
Arteriovenous malformation
AVR
Aortic valve replacement
AZT
azidothymidine
Ba
Barium
BAL
Blood Alcohol Level
BAO
Basic acid output
BAT
Brown adipose tissue
BCG
Bacille Calmette-Guerin (a tuberculosis vaccination)
BCX
Blood culture
BBMF
"Bone break, me fix" Orthopedic consent form
b.d.
Twice daily, from Latin, bis die
b.i.d.
Twice daily, from Latin, bis in die
BE
Base excess
BIBA
brought in by ambulance
BK
Bacterium Koch
bl.cult
Blood culture
bld
Blood
BLS
Basic Lifting service
BMC
Bone mass content
BMD
Bone mineral density (also termed bone mass measurement)
BMI
Body mass index
BMP
Blood Metabolic Profile
BMR
Basal metabolic rate
BMT
Bone marrow transplantation
BNF
British National Formulary
BNP
Brain natriuretic peptide
BOI
Born on island, ie. a local patient.
BOOP
Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia
BP
Bipolar disorder
BPD
Borderline personality disorder
BPH
Benign prostatic hyperplasia
BPM
Beats per minute
BPPV
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
BRP
Bathroom Privileges
BS
Breath or Bowel sounds on asculation with stethescope
BSE
Breast self-examination
BSP
Bromsulphthalein
BUN
Blood urea nitrogen
BV
Bacterial vaginosis
Bx
Biopsy
ċ
(c with a bar over it) with from Latin, cum
CABG
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft surgery. Pronounced "Cabbage".
CAD
Coronary artery disease
cAMP
cyclic adenosine monophosphate
CA
Carcinoma
CADASIL
Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy
CAH
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
CAT
Computed axial tomography
CAPD
Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
CBC
Complete Blood Count
CC
Cubic centimenter, or Chief Complaint
CCF
Congestive cardiac failure
CCK
Cholecystokinin
CEA
Carcinoembryonic antigen
CF
Cystic fibrosis
cGMP
Cyclic guanosine monophosphate
ChE
Cholinesterase
CHD
Coronary heart disease
CHF
Congestive heart failure
CI
Confidence interval
CJD
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
CK
Creatine kinase
CLL
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
CML
Chronic myelogenous leukemia also called Chronic myeloid leukaemia
CMML
Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia
CMS
Chronic mountain sickness
CMV
Cytomegalovirus
COAD
Chronic obstructive airways disease
COLD
Chronic obstructive lung disease
COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CO
Carbon monoxide
CO2
Carbon dioxide
COX-1
Cyclooxygenase 1
COX-2
Cyclooxygenase 2
CP
cerebral palsy
CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure
CPK
Creatine phosphokinase
CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CREST
Calcinosis Raynaud Esophagus Sclerosis Teleangiectasiae
CRF
Corticotropin-releasing factor
CRH
Corticotropin-releasing hormone
CRI
Chronic renal insufficiency
CRP
C-reactive protein
CR
Complete remission
CS
Caesarean section
CsA
Ciclosporin A
CSF
Cerebrospinal fluid
CT
computed axial tomography
CTX
ceftriaxone, a third-generation cephalosporin antibiotic
CVA
Cerebrovascular accident
CVD
Cardiovascular disease
CVP
Central venous pressure
CVS
Chorionic villus sampling
CVID
Common variable immunodeficiency
Cx
Microbiological culture
CXR
Chest X-ray
DA
Dopamine
DBP
Diastolic blood pressure
D&C
Dilatation and curettage
DCM
Dilated cardiomyopathy
DDD
Daily Defined Doses
DDx
Differential diagnosis
DEXA
Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry
DHE
Dihydoergotamine
DHEA-S
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate
DIB
Dead in Bed
DIC
Disseminated intravascular coagulation
DIP
Distal interphalangeal joint
DiPerTe
Diphtheria Pertussis Tetanus
DiTe
Diphtheria Tetanus
DPT
Diphtheria Pertussis Tetanus
DM
Diabetes Mellitus
DNA
Deoxyribonucleic acid
DNI
Do Not Intubate
DNR
Do Not Resuscitate
DNAR
Do Not Attempt Resusciatation
DOA
Dead on arrival
DOE
Dyspnea on exertion
DOSS
Docusate sodium; from the chemical name dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate
DT
Diphtheria Tetanus
DTP
Diphtheria Tetanus Pertussis
DUB
Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
DVT
Deep vein thrombosis
Dx
Diagnosis
E
Erythrocytes

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