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Glossary of Drug Administration Abbreviations 2

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aa
of each
a.c.
before meals
ad lib
as desired
b.i.d.
two times a day
c with line over it
with
cap
capsule
dil.
dilute
elix.
elixir
ext
extract
fld
fluid
gtt
drop
h
hour
h.s.
at bedtime
IM
intramuscular
IV
intravenous
NS (N/S)
normal saline
OD
right eye
os
mouth
OU
both eyes
p with line over it
after
p.c.
after meals
per
by
p.o.
by mouth
p.r.n.
when necessary/required
q
every
q.a.m.
every morning
q.d.
every day
q.h.
every hour
q.2.h.
every two hours
q.3.h;ect
every 3 hours; ect
q.h.s.
every night at bedtime
q.s.
as much as required
s with a line over it
without
ss with a line over it
one half
s.o.s.
as necessary
soln
solution
stat
at once; immediatly
supp
suppository
susp
suspension
syp
syrup
tab
tablet
t.i.d.
three times a day
tr. or tinct
tincture
ung
ointment

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