Common Medical Abbreviations

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Common Medical Abbreviations

  1. Ac: before meals
  2. adm: admission, admitted
  3. ASAP: as soon as possible
  4. Bid: twice a day
  5. BP: blood pressure
  6. BRP: bathroom privileges
  7. C: Centigrade, Celsius
  8. Cap: capsule
  9. CC: chief complaint
  10. cc: cubic centimeter
  11. c/o: complains of
  12. C02: carbon dioxide
  13. CPR: cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  14. CXR: chest x-ray
  15. d/c: discontinue or discharge
  16. ECG or EKG: electrocardiogram
  17. EBL: estimated blood loss
  18. ER: emergency room
  19. F: Fahrenheit
  20. Fb: foreign body
  21. fx: fracture
  22. gtt: drop-liquid measurement
  23. H & P: history and physical
  24. HR: heart rate
  25. hr: hour
  26. hs: hour of sleep (bedtime)
  27. H20: water
  28. Mg: milligram
  29. Ml: milliliter
  30. MVA: motor vehicle accident
  31. NPO: nothing by mouth
  32. NTG: nitroglycerin
  33. O2: oxygen
  34. OD: right eye
  35. OS: left eye
  36. OU: both eyes
  37. post-op: postoperative (after surgery)
  38. pre-op: preoperative (before surgery)
  39. po: by mouth
  40. pt: patient
  41. prn: as needed
  42. pc: after meals
  43. qd: every day
  44. qh: every hour
  45. qid: four times a day
  46. qod: every other day
  47. Rx: prescription, treatment
  48. sc/sq: subcutaneous
  49. s: without
  50. sx: symptoms
  51. s/s: signs and symptoms
  52. stat: immediately
  53. SOB: short of breath
  54. tab: tablet
  55. TPR: temperature, pulse, respiration
  56. vs: vital signs

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