Medical Terminology Abbreviations List Everything You Should Know

Common Medical Abbreviations: The medical field is one of the complex areas with numerous abbreviations and short forms. To introduce you with different medical words, below are some terms related to medical are mentioned. Let’s check it.

Some of the medical-related abbreviations are list for the exam preparation point and General knowledge improvement purpose. every term has come across in the Medical field, Everyone should aware of all these things before proceeding for the medical exams and treatments accordingly.

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Medical Abbreviations List

TermMedical Abbreviation
@At
A&PAnatomy and physiology
Ababortion
abdabdominal
a.cBefore meals (taking medicine before meals)
a/g ratioAlbumin to globulin ratio
ABGArterial blood gas
ADRight year
ACLAnterior Cruciate Ligament
AFRAcute Renal Failure
ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADRAdverse Drug Reaction
AIDSAcquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
AKAAbove the knee amputation
ANEDAlive no evidence of disease
ADHAntiduretic hormone
ARDSAcute Renal Distress Syndrome
ARFAcute Renal Failure
ASCVDAtherosclerotic Cardiovascular disease
B 
b.i.dTwice Day. (medicine twice a day)
bldBlood
BKABelow the knee amputation
BLSBasic life support
BOWBag of water
BRBed rest
BSBreath sound
bxbiopsy
BVMBag valve mask
BUNBlood urea nitrogen level
BSIBody substance isolation
bpmBeatss per minute
BMBowel movement
BMPBasic Metabolic Amputation
BPBlood Pressure
BPDBorderline Personality Disorder
BSOBilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy
C 
C&SCulture and sensitivity performed to detect infection
C/OComplaint of.
capCapsule
CaCancer
CANGCoronary artery Bypasss Graft
CADCoronary Artery Disease
CspineCervical spine
calcalories
cathCatheter
CBCComplete Blood Count
CCChief complaint
CCUCoronary care unit
CHDCoronary heart disease
CHFCongestive heart failure
CDEComplete Dental Evaluation
COPDChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPAPContinuous Positive Airway Pressure
CTChemotherapy
CVACerebrovascular Accident
CVUCardiovascular unit
cxCervix or complaints
CXRChest X rays
Cystocystography
D 
D/CDiscontinue or Discharge
DATDiet and tolerate
DCDiscontinue or discharge
DNADeoxyribonucleic acid
DNRDo not resuscitate
DOADead in arrival
DOBDeath of birth
DPTDiphtheria, pretussis, tetanus
D5W 5%Dextrose in water
DT’sDelirium tremens
DCISDuctal Carcinoma In Situ
DDXDifferential Diagnosis
DJDDegenerative Joint Disease other name of osteoarthritis
DMDiabetes mellitus
DNCDilation and Curettage
DNRDo Not Resuscitate
DOEDyspnea on exertion
DTRDeep tendon reflexes
DVTDeep Venous Thrombosis
E 
ETOHEthanol(alcohol)
EBLEstimated blood loss
ECGelectocadiogram
EEGelectroencephalogram
EENTEars, Ears, Nose, Throat
EMGElecrtomyogram
EOAEsoplageal obturator airway
EDEmergency departmant
ESRErythrocyte sedimentation rate
estestimanted
expexploratory
extExternal, extract, extraction
ECTElect conclusive Therapy
F 
FBOAForeign blood obstructed airway
FBSFasting bloods sugar
FBWFasting blood work
FFForce fluids
FHSFetal heart sounds
FHSFetal heart tone
FIFOFirst in, first out
FSHFollicle stimulating
FXFracture
ftFoot
FUOFever of undetermined origine
FHFamily history
G 
gynGynecology
gttDrop
gGram
Ggallbaladder
GBgastrointestinal
GIgenitourinary
GUGlucose tolerance test
GOMERGet out of my emergency room
GvHDGraft vs. Host disease
GttDrops
H 
H&HHemoglobin and hematocrit
HOBHead of bed
HRHeart rate
htheight
Hxhistory
hypoHypodermic injection
hysthysterectomy
hsHour of sleep
H&PHistory and Physical examination
h.sAt bedtime
H/O or h/oHistory of
HAHeadache
HRTHormone replacement or Hormone Replacement therapy
I   
I&DIncision and Drainage
IBDInflammatory bowel disease
IBSIrritable bowled syndrome
I&OIncision and drainage
I&OIntake and output
ICPIntracranial pressure
ICDImplantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
ICUIntensive Care Unit
IMIntramuscular
IMPImpression
ITUIntensive Therapy Unit
In vitroIn the laboratory
In vivoIn the body
IPFIdiopathic pulmonary Fibrosis
IUInternational Unit
J   
JTJoints
K 
KPotassium
KCLPotassium Chloride
KUBKidney, urethra, bladder
L   
LCISLobular Carcinoma
LBPLow Back Pain
LLQLeft Lower Quadrant
LUQLeft Upper Quadrant
M   
MCLMedical Collateral Ligament
mgMilligram
M/HMedical History
mlMillilitres
MVPMitral Valve Prolapse
N   
N/VNausea or vomiting
NaSodium
 NCPNursing Care Plan
NOPNothing by mouth
NSRNormal Sinus Rhythm of the heart
O   
O&POva and parasites
O.DRight Eye
O.SLeft eye
O.UBoth eyes
ORIFOpen reduction and internal fixation
P   
PPulse
p-After mean
p.oBy mouth
p.r.nAs needed
PCLPosterior Cruciate Ligament
PDProgressive disease
PFTPulmonary Function test
PERRLAPupils equal
PltPlatelets
PMIPoint of maximum impulse of the heart when felt during examination, as in the beats again the chest
PMSPremenstrual syndrome
PTPhysical therapy
PTHParathyoid hormone
PTSDPost traumatic stress syndrome
PUDPeptic ulcer
Q 
q.dEach day
q.i.dFour times day
Q2hEvery 2 hours
Q3hEvery 3 hours
qAMEach morning
QhsAt each bedtime
qodEvery other day
qPMEach evening
 
RARheumatoid arthritis
RDSRespiratory distress syndrome
R/ORULE OUT
REBRebounded
RLQRight lower quadrant
ROSReview of system
RUQRight upper quadrant
S 
s/pStatus post
SADSeasonal affective Disorder
SOBShortness of breath
SQSubcutaneous
T 
TTemperature
T&ATonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
t.i.dThree times daily
tabTablet
TAHTotal abdominal hysterectomy
THRTotal hip replacement
TKRTotal knee replacement
TMJTempomandibilar joint
U 
UAUrinalysis
UUnit
ULNUpper limit of normal
URIUpper respiratory infection
Ut dictAs directed
V 
VSSVital sign are stable
VolVolume
VoVerbal order
VDVenereal disease
W 
wtWeight
WBCWhite blood cells
WNLWithin normal limits
X 
XRTRadiotherapy
Y 
y/oYears old

Medical Abbreviations

Why should we avoid abbreviations in medical terminology?

You cannot, but few unnecessary things can avoid.

What are the abbreviations for medical terms?

Somany, the list is prepared above for reference purpose.

Which of the following abbreviations stands for a medical specialty?

Refer above as per alphabetical order wise.

What is medical abbreviations?

Read from A to Y order.

Which of the following abbreviations stands for a medical specialty?

Refer above

Who should use medical abbreviations?

Nurse, Medical doctors and Emergency dept staff.

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