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Glossary of Medical Terminology Abbreviations, Arcadia University

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before
ABE
actute bacterial endocarditis
ADA
American Diabetic Association
A Fib.
Atrial fibrillation
A&P
anterior and posterior
A/G ratio
alubumin-globulin ratio
A2
Aortic valve closure
AAA
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
AAL
Anterior Axillary line
AAPA
American Academy of Physician Assistants
AB or ab
Abortion
Abd
Abdomen
ABGs
Arterial Blood gases
ABO
Three main blood types
ac
Before meals (ante cibum)
ACLS
Advanced Cardiac Life support
ACTA
automated computerized transverse axial scanner
ACTH
Adrenocorticotropic hormone
Ad lib
as desired
AD
Right ear (auris dextra)
ADH
Antidiuretic hormone
ADHD
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
ADL
Activities of Daily living
Adm
Admission
ARDS
acute respiratory distress syndrome
AF
Atrial fibrillation
AFB
acid fast bacillus
Afeb
Afebrile
AFP
alpha-fetoprotein
AgNO3
Silver nirtrate
AHA
American Heart Association
AI
Aortic insufficiency
AIDS
Aquired Immunodeficiency syndrome
AKA
Above the knee amputation
Alb
albumin
A-line
arterial line
Alk phos (AP)
alkaline phosphatase
ALL
actute lymphocytic leukemia
ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease)
ALT
alanine transaminase (formally known as SGPT)
AMA
Against Medical Advice
American Medical Association
Amb
ambulate, ambulatory
AML
Acute myelocytic (myelogenous) leukemia
Amp
ampule
ANA
antinuclear antibody
Anes
Anesthesia
Angio
angiography
Aniso
anisocytosis
ANL
Acute nonlymphocytic leukemia
Ant
Anterior
A&O x3
Alert and oriented times three(person, place, and time)
AP, A/P
Anteroposterior
APAP
Association of Physician Assistant Programs
AR
Aortic regurgitation
ARC
Accreditation Review Committee
ARC-PA
Accreditation Review Committee on the Education for the Physician Assistant
ARF
Acute Renal failure
AROM
Active Range of motion
ATN
Acute tubular necrosis
AS
Aortic stenosis
ASA
Acetylsalicylic acid (asprin)
ASAP
as soon as possible
ASD
Arterial septal defect
ASHD
arteriosclerotic heart disease
ASO
Antistreptolysin-O titer
AST
Aspartate aminotransferase (formally known as SGOT)
AU
Both ears
AV
arteriovenous, atrioventricular
AVR
aortic valve replacement
Augmented electrocardiography lead
AZT
azidothymidine (Zidovudine)
Ba
Barium
Bands
Banded neutrophils
Baso
Basophils
BBB
Bundle branch block
BC
bone conduction
BE
barium enema
bid
twice a day
bil
bilateral
Bili (T/D)
bilirubin (total and direct)
Biop
biopsy
BKA
Below the knee amputation
BM
bowel movement
BMR
basal metabolic rate
BP
blood pressure
BPH
benign prostatic hypertrophy
bpm
beats per minute
BPV
benign postural vertigo
BRP
bathroom privileges
BRBPR
bright red blood per rectum (hematochezia)
Bronch
bronchoscopy
B.S.
breath sounds
bowel sounds
BSO
bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BSP
bromsulphalein
BT
bleeding time
BUN
blood urea nitrogen
Bx
biopsy
C
Celsius or centigrade
c (with a line above it)
with
C1, C2
first and second cervial vertebra
CA
Cancer carcinoma
Chronological age
Cardiac arrest
CAAHEP
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
CABG
coronary artery bypass
CAD
coronary artery disease
Cal
calories
Caps
capsule(s)
CASHD
coronary artherosclerotic heart disease
Cath
catheter, catheterization
CAT scan
computerized axial tomography
CBC, c.b.c
complete blood count
CBC c(line above) diff
complete blood count with differential count
cc
cubic centimeter
C.C.
chief complaint
CCU
coronary care unit
CDC
centers for disease control
CEA
carcinoembryonic antigen
CEO
chief executive officer
CF
cystic fibrosis
CHB
complete heart block
CHD
coronary heart disease
CHF
congestive heart failure
Chol
Cholesterol
chr
chronic
CIN
cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
CIS
carcinoma in situ
CK
Creatine kinase
Cl
Chloride
CLD
chronic liver disease
CLL
chronic lymphocytic leukemia
cl. liq
clear liquids
cm
centimeter
CME
continuing medical education
CMG
cystometrogram
CML
chronic myelogenous leukemia
CMV
cytomegalovirus
CN
Cranial nerve(s)
CNM
certified nurse midwife
CNS
central nervous system
C.O
cardiac output
c/o
complains of
CO2
carbon dioxide
COLD
chronic obstructive lung disease
cond
condition
COPD
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CP
chest pain
CPA
costophrenic angle
CPAP
continuous positive airway pressure
CPD
cephalopelvic disproportion
CPK
creatine phosphokinase
CPR
cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CRF
chronic renal failure
creat.
creatinine
CS
cesarean section
C&S
culture and sensitivity
CSF
cerebral spinal fluid
C-section
cesarean section
C-spine
cervical spine films
CTA
clear to auscultation
CTS
carpal tunnel syndrome
CT scan
computed tomography
CVA
cerebrovascular accident
costovertebral angle
CVAT
costovertebral angle tenderness
CVP
central venous pressure
CVS
cardiovascular system
CXR
chest xray
Cx
cervix
cysto
cystoscopy
D/C
discontinue
D&c
dilatation and curettage
DDI
didanosine
DEA
drug enforcement agency
Derm.
dermatology
DES
Diffuse esophogeal spasm
Diethylstillbestrol
DI
diabetes insipidus
DIC
disseminated intravascular coagulation
diff.
differential count (white blood cells)
Dig.
digoxin: digitalis
DIP
distal interphalangeal joint
dl
deciliter
DJD
degenerative joint disease
DKA
diabetic ketoacidosis
DLE
descoid lupus erythmatosus
DM
diabetes mellitus
DNA
deoxyribonucleic acid
DOA
dead on arrival
DOE
dyspnea on exertion
DOB
date of birth
DPT
diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus
DR
Delivery room
DRG
diagnosis-related group
DSA
digital subtraction angiography
DSD
Dry sterile dressing
DSM
diagnostic and statistical manuel of mental disorders
DTs
delirium tremens
DTR
deep tendon reflexes
DUB
dysfunctional uterine bleeding
DVT
deep vein thrombosis
Dx
diagnosis
EBL
estimated blood loss
EBV
Epstein-Barr virus
ECF
extended care facilty
ECG
electrocardiogram
ECHO
echocardiography
ECMO
extracorporeal membrane circulation
ECT
electroconvulsive therapy
ED
emergency department
EDC
estimated date of confinement
EEG
electroencephalogram
EENT
eyes, ears, nose, and throat
EGD
Esophoagogastroduodenoscopy
EKG
electrocardiogram
ELISA
enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (Aids test)
elix.
elixer
EM
emergency medicine
electron microscope
EMG
electromyogram
ENT
ears, nose, throat
EOM
extraocular movement

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