Common Medical Abbreviations Used By Health Professionals

 

common medical abbreviations

With the increasing list of large and sometimes difficult to pronounce medical terms being used in global healthcare today, it’s easy to understand the need for medical abbreviations. Medical abbreviations are a great choice for anyone in a hurry that works in or is studying the medical field.  If you work as a healthcare professional already, you’re likely used to using medical abbreviations with prescriptions, and with pre-op and post-op care instructions daily to boost efficiency.

List of Common Medical Abbreviations

AKAAbove Knee Amputation
a.c.before meals
A.Fib.Arterial Fibrillation
A/PAnterior - Posterior
b.i.d.twice a day
bmbowel movement
BMbone marrow
BPblood pressure
bx biopsy
dday
d/cdiscontinue
DNRdo not resuscitate
DOAdead on arrival
dxdiagnosis
EKGelectrocardiogram
ENTear, nose, throat
ERemergency room
extexternal, exterior
FHfamily history
fibfibrillation
f/ufollow up
Fxfracture
ICUintensive care unit
Kpotassium
L2, L3second, third vertebrae
lablaboratory
liq.liquid
LOSlength of stay
LPNlicensed practical nurse
Lxlarynx
MDmuscular dystrophy
med.medicine
MGmyasthenia gravis
modmoderate
Nasodium
NADno apparent distress
NICneonatal intensive care
NKAno known allergies
NPOnothing by mouth
NVDnausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Ooral
OB/GYNObstetrics and
Gynecology
Op.operation
OTCover the counter
OToccupational therapy
ORoperating room
PAphysician's assistant
Pathpathology
p.c.after meals
pdr.powder
PEphysical exam
PHpast history
PA viewposterior-anterior view on x-ray
PIpresent illness
plts.platelets
P.M.afternoon
PMHpast medical history
PNpoorly nourished
p.o.by mouth
POSTOP.post-operative
p.r.m.according to circumstances
Pxphysical examination
qevery
q.h.every hour
q.i.d.four times a day
RArheumatoid arthritis
r.a.m.rapid alternating movements
RCAright coronary artery
reg.regular
RNregistered nurse
ROMrange of motion
RTradiation therapy
Rxtherapy, prescription
swithout
Sa.saline
SCUspecial care unit
SIDSsudden infant death syndrome
SLunder the tongue
SOBshortness of breath
sp. cd. spinal cord
spec.specimen
stat., STATimmediately
STDsexually transmitted disease
sup.superior
Sxsymptoms
Ttemperature
T&Atonsils and adenoids
tab.tablet
TBtuberculosis
tbsp.tablespoon
THRtotal hip replacement
tsp.teaspoon
Txtreatment
TIAtransient ischemic attack
trtrace
U/Aurinalysis
UCDusual childhood diseases

If you have any medical conditions or commonly work with persons with conditions which require constant medical attention such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Kidney failure, it’s a good idea to get comfortable with this list of common medical abbreviations.  This list is great for anyone who reads or write prescriptions and interacts in a medical setting with doctors, patients and nurses.

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