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Glossary of Health Medical Abbreviations A-D

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@
at
ā
before
A&D
admission and discharge
A&P
anterior and posterior, anatomy and physiology
āā
of each
Ab
abortion
abd
abdomen, abdominal
ABG
arterial blood gas
ac
before meals
ACTH
adrenocorticotrophic hormone
Ad
right ear
ADH
right ear
ad lib
as desired
ADL
activities of daily living
adm
admission
AHA
American Hospital Association
AIDS
acquired immune deficiency syndrome
am, AM
morning, before noon
AMA
American Medical Association, against medical advice
amal
amalgam
amb
ambulate, walk
amt
amount
ANA
American Nurse's Association
Ans
autonomic nervous system
ant
anterior
AP
apical pulse
approx
approximately
aq, aqua
aqueous(water base)
ARC
AIDS-related complex
ART
accredited-records technician
AS
left ear
as tol
as tolerated
ASA
aspirin
ASAP
as soon as possible
ASCVD
arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
AU
both ears
av
average
A&W
alive and well
Ax
axilla, axillary, armpit
Ba
barium
bacti
bacteriology
B&B
bowel and bladder training
BBB
bundle branch block
B&C
biopsy and conization
BE
barium enema
bid
twice a day
bil
bilateral
Bl
blood
Bl Wk
blood work
BM
bowel movement
BMR
basal metabolic rate
BP
blood pressure
BR
bed rest
BRP
bathroom privileges
BS
blood sugar
BSA
body surface area
BSC, bsc
beside commode
BUN
blood urea nitrogen
BX, bx
biopsy

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