Craven's medical abbrevations


abbreviations medical term
a before
abd abdomen
ac before meals
ADL's acitvities of daily living
ad lid as needed
adm admission
amp ampule
ant anterior
AP anterior-posterior
ax axillary
b.i.d. twice daily
BP blood pressure
BR bed rest
BRP bathroom privileges
C Centrigrade
c with
caps capsule
C.C. chief complaint
cc cubic centimeter
CVP central venous pressure
c/o complains of
D/C discontinue
disch; DC discharge
drsg dressing
dr dram
elix elixir
ext extract, external
F Fahrenheit
fx fracture
gm gram
gr grain
gtt drop
'H' hypodermic
SC - sub q subcutaneous
h hour
HOB head of bed
h.s. (bedtime) hours of sleep
hx history
I&O input & output
IM intramuscular
IV intravenous
kg kilograms
KVO keep vein open
L Left, Liter
lat lateral
MAE moves all extermities
mg milligram
mL milliliter
NAD no apparent distress
NG nasogastric
noc night
NPO nothing by mouth
os by mouth
OOB out of bed
oz ounce
p after
p.c. after meals
post posterior
prep preparation
prn when necessary
q every
q, 2 hours every 2 hours
qd every day
qh every hour
q.i.d. four times a day
q.o.d. every other day
q.s quantity sufficient
R/O rule out
ROM range of motion
s without
SBA stand by assistance
SC subcutaneous
SL sublingual
SOB shortness of breath
sol, soln solution
spec specimen
S/P status post
sp. gr. specific gravity
S.S.E. soapsuds enema
ss one half
stat immediately
tab tablet
t.i.d. three times a day
tinct or tr tincture
TKO to keep open
TPN total parental nutrition hyperalimentation
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
tsp teaspoon
TO telephone order
TWE tap water enema
VO verbal order
VS vital signs
VSS vital signs stable
W/C wheelchair
WNL within normal limits
AKA above knee amputation
ASCVD arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
BKA below knee amputation
ca cancer
chest clear to A & P chest clear to auscultation & percussion
CMS circulation monement sensation
CNS central nervous system
DJD degenerative joint disease
DOE dyspnea on exertion
DTs delirium tremens
D5W 5% dextrose in water
FUO fever of unknown origin
GB gall bladder
GI gastrointestinal
GYN gynecology
H2 O2 hydrogen peroxide
HA hyperalimentation; headache
HCVD hypertensive cardiovascular disease
HEENT head, ear, eye, nose, throat
HVD hypertensive vascular disease
ICU intensive care unit
I & D incision and drainage
LLE left lower extremity
LLQ left lower extermity
LOC level of consciousness
LOC laxatives of choice
LMP last menstrual period
LUE left upper quadrant
MI myocardial infraction
Neuro neutology:neurosurgery
NS normal saline
Nsy nursery
NWB non-weight bearing
O.D. right eye
O.S. left eye
O.U. both eyes
OPD outpatient department
ORIF open reduction internal fixation
Ortho orthopedics
OT occupational therapy
PE physical examination
PERRLA pupils equal, round,&react to light and accommodation
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
PI present illness
PM & R physical medicine & rehabilitation
Psych psychologysychiatric
PT physical therapy
RL ( or LR) Ringer's lactate:lactated Ringer's
RLE right lower extermity
RLQ right lower quadrant
RR recovery room
PAR postanesthesia room
RUE right upper extermity
RUQ right upper quadrant
Rx prescription
STSG split-thickness skin graft
Surg surgery, surgical
T & A tonsillectomy & adenoidectomy
THR total hip replacement
TJR total joint replacement
URI upper respirartory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
vag vaginal
VD veneral disease
WNWD well-nourished, well-developed
BE barium enema
B.M.R. basal metabolism rate
CA++ calcium
CAT computed axial tomography
CBC complete blood count
CL- chloride
C & S culture and sensitivity
Dx diagnosis
EEG electroencephalogram
ECG/EKG electorcardiogram
FBS fasting blood sugar
hct hematocrit
Hgb hemoglobin
IVP intravenous pyelogram
K+ potassium
LP lumbar puncture
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
Na++ sodium
RBC red blood cell
UGI upper gastrointestinal x-ray
UA urinalysis
WBC white blood cell
-penia lack of
-pexy surgical fixation
-phil, -philic attracting
-plasia formation, molding
-plasty plastic repair
-tomy incision into



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