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Glossary of Drug Administration Abbreviations

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aa
of each
ad lib
freely, as desired
a.c.
Before meals
b.i.d.
twice a day
c
with
caps
capsule(s)
cc
cubic centermeter
dl, dL
deciliter
elix.
elixer
ext.
extract
g
gram
gr
grain
gtt
drop
h
hour
H.S., h.s.
at bedtime or hour of sleep
ID
intradermal
IM
intramuscularly
inj.
injection
I.U.
International Units
IV or I.V.
intravenously
IVPB
intravenously piggyback
kg
kilogram
kvo
keep vein open
L
Liter
mcq
micrograms
mEq
milliequivalents
mg
milligram
ml, mL
milliliter
NGT
nasogastric tube
O.D.
in the right eye
O.S.
in the left eye
p
after
p.c.
after meals
p.o.
by mouth
q
every
q2h
every 2 hours
q.d.
once a day
q.h.
every hour
q4h
every four hours
q.s.
a sufficient quantity
q.i.d. or Q.I.D.
four times a day
q.o.d.
every other day
s
without
S.C., s.c. or sub q
subcutaneously
S.L.
sublingually
sol.
solution
ss
one-half
stat
immediatley
susp.
suspension
tab.
tablet
t.i.d., T.I.D.
three times a day
TPN
total parenteral nutrition
tr.
tincture
tsp.
teaspoon
u
unit

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