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a
berfore
aa
of each
__
aa
of each
a.c.
before meals
A.D.
right ear
AD
right ear
ad.lib.
as desired, freely
amp
ampule
aq
aqueous, water
A.S.
left ear
AS
left ear
A.U.
both ears
AU
both ears
b.i.d.
twice a day
bid
twice a day
b.i.w.
twice a week
_
c
with
c
cup
cap
capsule
caps
capsule
CD
controlled dose
CR
controlled release
d.c.
discontinue
D/C
discontinue
dil.
dilute
DS
double strength
EC
enteric coated
elix.
elixir
fl
fluid
fld.
fluid
gt
gastrostomy tube
gtt
drop
h
hour
hr
hour
h.s.
hour of sleep, at bed time
I.D.
intradermal
I.M.
intramuscular
I.V.
intravenous
IVPB
intravenous piggyback
IVSS
intravenous soluset
kvo
keep vein open (a very slow infusion rate)
(L)
left
LA
long-acting
LOS
length of stay
min
minute
mix
mixture
NGT
nasogastric tube
ng
nasogastric tube
noc
at night
noct
at night
n.p.o.
nothing by mouth
NPO
nothing by mouth
NS
normal saline
N/S
normal saline
o.d.
once a day
od
once a day
o.n.
every night
os
mouth
OU
both eye
_
p
after
p.c.
after meal
per
through or by
per os
by or through mouth
p.o.
by or through mouth
p.r.
by rectum
p.r.n.
when necessary/ required
q.
every, each
q.a.m.
every morning
q.d.
every day, once a day
qd
every day, once a day
q.h.
every hour
qh
every hour
qhs
every night at bedtime
q.h.s.
every night at bedtime
q.i.d.
fours times a day
qid
fours times a day
q.n.
every night
q.o.d.
every other day
qod
every other day
q.s.
a sufficient amount/as much as needed
(R)
right
rect
rectum
_
s
without
__
ss
one half (1/2)
ss
one half (1/2)
s.c.
subcutaneous
s.q.
subcutaneous
sl
sublingual
sol
solution
soln
solution
s.o.s.
once if necessary
SR
sustained release
S&S
swish and swallow
stat
immediately, at once
supp
suppository
susp
suspension
syp
syrup
syr
syrup
tab
tablet
t.i.d.
three times a day
tid
three times a day
t.i.w.
three times a week
tr.
tincture
tinct
tincture
ung.
ointment
oint
ointment
vag
vaginally
v
vaginally
XL
long acting
XR
extended release
1 oz = __ mL
30
1 dr = __ mL
4
1 tsp = __ mL
5
1 tbs = __ mL
15
1 cup = __ mL
240
1 cup = __ oz
8
1 pt = __ mL
500
1 pt = __ oz
16
1 qt = __ mL
1,000
1 qt = __ oz
32
1 mL = __ m
15 0r 16
1 g = __ gr
15
15 gr = __ mg
1,000
1 gr = __ mg
60

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