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Clarification

Acronyms are like ACE, APGAR, or AIDS, where the letters form a new word and pronounced as a word, but initialisms are COPD, CBC, or CAD, where you say the letters of the abbreviation and not said as a word.

--- Symbolic ---

  •  ? - with
  • @ - at
  • <5MR - Less than 5yo Mortality Rate
  • 1/2NS - Half Normal Saline (0.45%)
  • 5-FU - 5-FluoroUracil

--- AAA ---

  • A-a gradient - Alveolar to Arterial gradient
  • A-V - Arteriovenous
  • A-VO2 - Arteriovenous Oxygen
  • A&D - Admission & Discharge
  • A&O - Alert & Oriented
  • A/G - Albumin/Globulin Ratio
  • aa - Of each, equal parts
  • AA - Aplastic Anemia
  • AAA - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • AAD - Antibiotic Associated Diarrhea
  • AAO - Alert, Awake, & Oriented
  • AAS - Acute Abdominal Series
  • ABC - Aneurysmal bone cyst
  • ABCDE - Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability, Enviroment
  • ABG - Arterial Blood Gas
  • ABI - Ankle:Brachial Index
  • Abd. - Abdomen
  • ABN - Abnormal
  • ABR - Absolute Bed Rest
  • ABU - Asymptomatic Bateriuria
  • ac - (ante cibum) Before Meals
  • AC - Abdominal Circumference
  • ACA - Ant Cerebral Art.
  • ACE - Angiotensin converting enzyme
  • ACL - Anterior Cruciate Ligament
  • ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • ACOG - American Academy of Obstetrics & Gynecologist
  • ACMV - Assist Control Mechanical Ventilation
  • ACT - Activated Clotting Time
  • ACTH - Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
  • ad - up to; (auris extra) right ear
  • AD - Right Ear; Admitting Diagnosis
  • ad lib - As desired, if the patient so desired; As much as needed
  • Ad. Spec. - Admission urine specimen
  • ADH - Anti-Diuretic Hormone
  • ADL - Activities of Daily Living
  • Adm. - Admission
  • ADR - Adverse Drug Reaction; Acute Dystonic Reaction; Ain't Doin' Right
  • ADEM - Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis; Ateneo de Manila
  • ADH - Anti-diuretic Hormone
  • ADL - Activities of Daily Living
  • ADO - Adult Dyslexia Organisation
  • admov - apply
  • AED - Anti-Epileptic Drug
  • AF - Amniotic Fluid, Atrial Fibrillation, Afebrile
  • AFB - Acid Fast Bacilli
  • AFI - Amniotic Fluid Index
  • AFO - ankle foot orthoses
  • AFP - Alpha-feto protein
  • AFV - Amniotic Fluid Volume; >= 2 L
  • Ag - Antigen
  • agit - stir/shake
  • AG - Abdominal Girth
  • AGA - Appropriate for Gestational Age
  • AGE - Acute GastroEnteritis
  • AH - Atypical Hyperplasia
  • AHF - Acute Heart Failure; American Health Foundation; Antihemophilic Factor; Argentine Hemorrhagic Fever
  • AHS - Acute Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • AI - Aortic Insufficiency
  • AIS - Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome; Adenocarcinoma in Situ; Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • AIDS - Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • AIHA - Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia; American Industrial Hygiene Association; American International Health Alliance
  • Washed AIHA - ?
  • AIP - Acute Interstitial Pancreatitis
  • AKA - Above Knee Amputation; Also known as
  • al - (auris laeva) left ear
  • ALARA - As Low As Reasonable Achievable
  • ALD - Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • ALL - Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • ALP - Alkaline Phosphatase
  • ALT - Alanine Transaminase
  • alt. h. - (alternis horis) every other hour
  • AM - Morning
  • AMA - Against Medical Advice
  • amb - Ambulation, walking, ambulatory, able to walk
  • AMI - Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • AML - Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
  • am - (ante meridiem) morning, before noon
  • amm - (ad manu medicae) at doctors hand
  • AMMMF - Agnogenic Myeloid Metaplasia w/ Myelofibrosis, Chron. Idiopathic Myelofibrosis
  • amp - ampule
  • AMPLE - Allergies, Medications, Past Medical History, Last Eaten, Events Leading
  • amt. - amount
  • AMVL vibrations - ???
  • ANA - Antinuclear Antibody
  • ANC - Absolute Neutrophil Count; Antenatal Care (aka Antenatal Clinic); Acid Neutralizing Capacity
  • ANCA - Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (medical)
  • ANP - Acute Necrotic Pancreatitis
  • ANS - Autonomic Nervous System
  • AOB - Alcohol on Breath
  • AODM - Adult Onset Diabetes Mellitus
  • AOG - Age Of Gestation
  • AP - AnteroPosterior; Abdominal-perineal; Attending physician; Appendectomy
  • APAS - Antiphospholipid Antibodies
  • APC - Adenomatous Polypus Coli?
  • APCED - ???
  • APGAR - Appearance, Pulse, Grimmace, Activity, Respiration
  • API - Arterial pressure index
  • APL - Acute Promyelocystic Leukemia
  • APLD - Adult Polycystic Liver Disease
  • APOE - ???
  • Approx. - Approximately
  • aPPT - ???
  • APSGN - Acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis
  • aq - water
  • aqua - water
  • AR - Aortic Regurgitation; Autosomal Recessive
  • ARDS - Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • ARF - Acute Renal Failure
  • AROM - Artificial Rupture of Membranes
  • ARDS - Adult Respi Distress Synd
  • ARF - Acute Respiratory Failure
  • as - (auris sinistra) Left Ear
  • AS - Aortic Stenosis
  • ASA - AcetylSalicyclic Acid; Asprin®
  • ASAP - As Soon As Possible
  • ASCCP - Colposcopy
  • ASCVD - Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease
  • ASD - Artial Septal Defect
  • ASHD - Atherosclerotic Heart Disease
  • ASIS - Ant. Supr. Iliac Spine
  • ASO - Anti-streptolysin O
  • ASPECTS - ???
  • AST - Aspartate Transaminase part of LFT; Autoimmune Skin Test
  • ASST - Autologous Serum Skin Test
  • ASx - Asymptomatic
  • AT - Appropriate Technology
  • ATC - Around The Clock
  • ATZ - Atypical Transformation Zone
  • ATG/ALG - ???
  • ATLS - Advanced Trauma Life Support
  • ATRA - All Trans Retinoic Acid
  • au - (auris utraque) Both Ears
  • AUB - Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • AV - Atrioventricular
  • AVM - ???
  • AVP - Arg Vasopressin, ADH; Alien vs Predator
  • AVR - Aortic Valve Replacement
  • AW - Airway
  • AZT - Zidovudine

--- BBB ---

  • B&B - Bowel and bladder training
  • BAL - Bronchial Alveolar Lavage
  • BAR - Bright, Alert, & Reponsive
  • BBB - Bundle Branch Block
  • BCAA - Branched Chain Amino Acids
  • BCCA - Basal cell Carcinoma
  • BCP - Birth Control Pill
  • bd - (bis in die) twice daily
  • BE - Barium Enema
  • BEE - Basal Energy Expenditure
  • BEST - Bone Estrogen Strength Training
  • BHS - Barangay Health Center
  • bid - (bis in die) twice daily
  • bis - twice
  • BKA - Below the Knee Amputation
  • Blood p.r. - blood per rectum
  • BLS - Basic Life Support; Bottom Left Side
  • BM - Bowel Movement, Bone Marrow
  • BMA - Bone Marrow Aspirate
  • BMD - Bone Mineral Density
  • BMR - Basal Metabolic Rate
  • BNF - British National Formulary
  • bol - (bolus) as a large single dose (usually intravenously)
  • BOM - Bilateral Otitis Media
  • BP - Blood Pressure
  • BPD - Biparietal Diameter
  • BPF - Bronchopulmonary Fistula
  • BPH - Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • BPM - Beats per Minute
  • BPP - Biophysical Profile
  • BR - Bedrest
  • BRBPR - Bright Red Blood Per Rectum
  • BRP - Bathroom Privilages
  • BS - Bowel Sounds; Breath Sounds; Blood Sugar
  • BSA - Body Surface Areas
  • BSC - Bedside commode
  • BSE - Breast Self-Exam
  • BSO - Bilat Salpingo-oophorectomy
  • bt - bedtime
  • BT - Blood transfusion
  • BTL - Bilateral Tubal Ligation
  • BTS - Blalock-Tausigg Shunt - palliative treatment of TOF
  • BUCC - (bucca) inside cheek
  • BUN - Blood Urea Nitrogen
  • BW - Birth Weight
  • BX - Biopsy

--- CCC ---

  • c - with
  • C/O - Complaint of; Complaining of
  • C&S - Culture & Sensitivity
  • Ca - Calcium
  • CA - Cancer or Carcinoma
  • CAA - Crystalline Amino Acids
  • CABG - Coronary Art. Bipass Graft
  • CAD - Coronary Art. Disease
  • CADASIL - Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy
  • CAM - Complimentary and Alternative Medicine
  • cap/caps - (capsula) capsule
  • CAS - Carotid Artery Stent
  • CAT - Computerized Axial Tomography
  • Cath - Catheter
  • CBC - Complete Blood Count
  • CBD - Common Bile Duct
  • CBG - Capillary Blood Gas; Corticosteroid Binding Globulin; Capillary Blood Glucose
  • CBR - Crude Birth Rate; Complete Bed Rest
  • cc - cubic cm, (cum cibo) with food
  • CC - Cranio-Caudal
  • CCB - Calcium Channel Blockers
  • CCK - Cholecystokinin
  • CCU - Clean Catch Urine; Cardiac/Coronary Care Unit
  • CCV - Critical Closing Volume
  • CDR - Crude Death Rate
  • CEA - Carcino-embryotic Antigen
  • cf - with food
  • CF - Cystic Fibrosis
  • CGL - Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia
  • CHD - Congenital Heart Disease
  • CHF - Congestive Heart Failure
  • CHM - Complete Hydatidoform Mole
  • CHO - Carbohydrate (Carbons, Hydrogens, & Oxygens)
  • CHOP - Cytoxan, Hydroxyrubicin (Adriamycin), Oncovin (Vincristine), Prednisone (chemotherapy regimine)
  • CI - Cardiac Index; Cephalic Index; Contra Indication
  • CIN - Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasm/Neoplasia; Chronic Interstitial Nephritis (Leptospirosis)
  • CIMF - Chronic Idiopathic Myelofibrosis
  • cib - (cibus) Food
  • CLD - Chronic Lung Disease; Chronic Liver Disease; Certified Labor Doula (childbirth); Clear Liquid Diet; Chloride Diarrhea, Familial; Chemoluminescence Detector; Congenital Limb Deficiency; Chemoluminescence Detector
  • CLL - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • CML - Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
  • CMP - Cardio Myo Pathy
  • CMPD -
  • c-Mpl -
  • CMRI -
  • CMV - Cytomegalovirus, Controlled Mechanical Ventilation
  • CN - Cranial Nerves
  • CNAB - Core Needle Biopsy
  • CNS - Central Nervous System
  • CPB -
  • CO - Cardiac Output
  • CoA - Coarctation of Aorta
  • COC - Combination Oral Contraceptive?
  • COLD - Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
  • COM - Chron Otitis Media
  • COMMANDO - COMbined MANDibulectomy and Neck Dissection Operation
  • comp - Compound
  • CONS - Coagulase-neg staph
  • COP - Colloid Osmotic Pressure
  • COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • COX - Cyclo-oxygenase
  • CP - Chest Pain; Cerebral Palsy
  • CPA - CardioPulmonary Arrest
  • CPAP - Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
  • CPB - Coronary Pulmonary Bypass
  • CPD - CephaloPelvic Disproportion
  • CPK - Creatine Phosphokinase
  • CPM - Cycles per Minute
  • CPP - Cerebral Perfusion Pressure
  • CPR - Contraceptive Rate; Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • cr - cream
  • CR - ???
  • CRC - ColoRectal Cancer
  • Cr Cl - Creatinine Clearance
  • CRCL - Creatinine Clearance
  • CRF - Chronic Renal Failure
  • CRL- Crown Rump Length
  • crm - cream
  • CRP - C-reactive protein
  • CS - Caesariar Section, CorticoSteroids, Central Supply
  • CSD - Central Service Dept.
  • CSF - Cerebro-Spinal Fluid
  • CSOM - Chron Supparative Otitis Media
  • CSF - Cerebrospinal Fluid
  • CSR - Central Supply Room
  • CST - Contraction Stress Test; Continue Same Treatment
  • CT - Computerize Tomography
  • CTA - ???
  • CTC - CT Colonography
  • CTCA - CT coronary angiography
  • CTG - CardioTocoGraphs
  • CTI - ???
  • CTP Score - ???
  • CVA - Cerebrovascular accident or stroke; Costovertebral Angle
  • CVAT - Costovertebral Angle Tenderness
  • CVD - Cardiovascular dse
  • CVH - ???
  • CVP - Central Venous Pressure
  • CVS - Chorionic Villus Sampling
  • CXR - Chest X-ray

--- DDD ---

  • d/c - discontinue
  • D/C - Discharge
  • D&C - Dilatation & Curettage
  • D5NS - Dextrose 5% in Normal Saline (0.9%)
  • D5W - 5% Dextrose in Water
  • DAD - ???
  • DAF - ???
  • DAT - Diet as Tolerated
  • DAW - Dispense As Written (i.e., No Generic Substitution)
  • dB - Decibels
  • DBIB - ???
  • dc - discontinue
  • DCBE - ???
  • DCIS - Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • DCM - Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • DDS Sign - Double Decidual Sac Sign
  • DDx - Differential Diagnosis
  • 2DED - 2D Echo D?
  • DES - Diethylstilbestrol, Diffuse Esophageal Spasm, Drug Eluting Stent
  • DEXA -
  • DFE - Distal Femoral Epiphysis
  • DFS - Disease Free Survival
  • DHF - Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
  • DI - Diabetes Insipidus
  • DIC - Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy
  • dieb. alt. - (diebus alternis) every other day
  • dil - dilute
  • DIP - Distal Interphalangeal Joint
  • disp - dispersible; dispense
  • disc - discontinue; discharge
  • Disch - discharge
  • Dish - discharge
  • div - divide
  • DJD - Degenerative Joint Disease
  • DKA - Diabetic KetoAcidosis
  • dL - Deciliter
  • DLCO - Diffusing capacity of the Lung for CO
  • DM - Diabetes Melitus
  • DNR - Do Not Resuscitate
  • DOA - Dead on Arrival
  • DOE - Dyspnea On Exertion
  • DOL - Day of life
  • DOH - Department of Health
  • DOT - Daily Observed Therapy
  • DPL - Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage
  • DPDP - ???
  • DPT - Diphtheria, Pertussis, & Tetanus
  • DR - Delivery Room
  • DRE - Digital Rectal Exam
  • drsg - dressing
  • Dse - Disease
  • DSS - Dengue Shock Syndrome
  • dtd - (dentur tales doses) Give of Such Doses
  • DTI - Diffuse Tensor Imaging?
  • DTR - Deep Tendon Reflex
  • DVT - Deep Vein/Venous Thrombosis
  • DW - Distilled Water
  • Dx - Disease, Diagnosis

--- EEE ---

  • E - Epinephrine; Enema
  • EAA - Essential Amino Acid
  • EAEC - EnteroAdherent E. coli
  • EAST - ???
  • EBCT - Electron-Beam CT (Ultrafast CT)
  • EBL - Estimated Blood Loss
  • EBV - ???
  • ECD - Endocardial Cushion Defect
  • ECG - Electrocardiogram
  • ECM - ???
  • ECMO - ExtraCorporial Membrane Oxygenization
  • ECOG / WHO PS - ???
  • ECT - Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • ED - Emergency Dept.
  • EDAS - ???
  • EDC - Estimated Date of Confinement; = EDD
  • EDCF - ???
  • EDD - Estimated Date of Delivery; LNMP + 7 days - 3 months; = EDC
  • EDRF - Endothelium Derived Relaxing Factor
  • EEG - ElectroEncephaloGram
  • EENT - Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat
  • EF - Ejection Fraction
  • EFAD - Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
  • EFM - Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • EGD - EsophagoGastroDuodenoscopy
  • EHEC - EnteroHemorrhagic E. coli
  • EIC - Epidermal Inclusion Cyst
  • EIEC - EnteroInvasive E. coli
  • EKG - see ECG
  • ELISA - ???
  • elix - elixir
  • EMG - Electromyogram
  • emp - (ex modo prescripto) As Directed
  • EMR - Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • emuls - (emulsum) Emulsion
  • EMV - Eyes, Motor, Verbal Response (Glasgow Coma Scale)
  • EN - ???
  • ENT - Ear, Nose, & Throat
  • eod - every other day
  • EOD - ???
  • EOM - Extra-ocular Muscles
  • EP - Epipinephrine
  • EPO - Erythropoietin
  • ER - Emergency Room
  • ERC - Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiography
  • ERCP - Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography
  • ERTL - Equally Reactive To Light
  • ESA - Erythroid Stimulating Agents ?
  • ESR - Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
  • ESRD - End-Stage Renal Disease
  • ESRF - End-Stage Renal Failure
  • et - and
  • ET - Essential Thrombocytopenia; Endotrachial
  • ETA - Endotrachial Tube Aspirate
  • ETEC - EnteroToxigenic E. coli
  • ETOH - Ethanol
  • ETT - Endotrachial Tube
  • EUA - Examination Under Anesthesia
  • EUS - Endoscopic UltraSound
  • ex aq - in water

--- FFF ---

  • F - female
  • FAP - Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • FAST - Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma
  • FBA - Foreign Body Aspiration
  • FBS - Fasting blood sugar
  • FCD - Fibrous cortical defect
  • FCR - Fluarabine + Cyclophosphamide + Rituximab
  • FDG - FluoroDeoxyGlucose
  • FDP -
  • FDU - Fetal Death in Utero
  • Fe - Female
  • FESS -
  • FEV - Forced Expiratory Volume
  • FEV1 - FEV in the 1st second
  • FF - Forced feeding, forced fluids
  • FFP - Fresh Frozen Plasma
  • FH - Fundal Height
  • FHR - Fetal Heart Rate
  • FIGO Staging -
  • FIT - Fecal Immunochemical Test
  • FL - Femoral lengthf
  • fl - fluid
  • fld - fluid
  • FNAB - Fine Needle Aspirat? Biopsy
  • FNH - Focal Nodular Hemangioma?
  • FOBT - Fecal Occult Blood Testing
  • FRAX - Fracture Risk Assessment
  • FRC - Functional Residual Capacity
  • FRC - Functional Residual Capacity
  • FSGS -
  • ft - (fiat) make, let it be made
  • FT4 - Free T4
  • FTT - Failure To Thrive
  • FU - Follow-up
  • FUO - Fever of Unkown Origin
  • FVC - Forced Vital Capacity
  • FWB - Fresh Whole Blood
  • Fx - Fracture
  • Fx urine - Fractional Urine

--- GGG ---

  • g - gram
  • GA - Gestational Age, General Anesthesia
  • GABHS - Group A Beta Hemolytic Strep
  • GADA - (DM1 - related)?
  • GAS - Group A Strep
  • GB - Gall bladder
  • GBS - Group B Strep
  • GC - Gonorrhea
  • GCS - ???
  • GCT - Giant Cell Tumor
  • GDM - Gestational DM
  • GERD - Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease
  • GETT - General by Endotracheal Tube
  • GFR - Glomerular Filtration Rate; General Fertility Rate
  • GHD - Growth Hormone Deficiency
  • GI - Gastrointestinal
  • GIST - GI Stromal Tumor
  • GINA - Global initiative for Asthma
  • GP1 - ???
  • gr - grain; 1 grain = 65 mg
  • GS - General Survey, Gestational Sac
  • GSCS - ???
  • GSD - Glycogen Storage Disease
  • GSW - Gunshot wound
  • gt - one drop
  • gtt - 2 or more drops; drop
  • gtts - drops
  • GTT - Glucose Tolerance Test
  • GTN - Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia
  • GU - Genitourinary
  • GXT - Graded Exercise Tolerance (Stress Test)
  • GYN - Gynecology

--- HHH ---

  • H/H - Hemoglobin/Hematocrit; Henderson-Hasselbach Equation
  • H - Hypodermic
  • h - hour
  • HA - Headache
  • HAA - Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
  • HACEK - ???
  • HAE - Heredity AngioEdema
  • HAART - Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy
  • HALE - Health Adjusted Life Expectancy
  • HAV - Hepatitis A Virus; Fecal-Oral Route
  • HbA1c - Glysolated Hb - test past diabetic dx
  • HBC - Hit by Car
  • HBIG -
  • HBO - HyperBaric Oxygen therapy
  • HBP - High Blood Pressure
  • HBV - Hepatitis B Virus; only DNA virus
  • HCC - Hepatic Cellular Carcinoma
  • HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
  • HCM - Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • HCT - Hematocrit
  • HCV - Hepatitis C Virus
  • HD - Hospital Day?
  • HDL - High Density Lipoprotein
  • HDV - Hepatitis D Virus; incomplete req's HBV
  • HEENT - Head, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat
  • HELLP Syndrome - Hemolysis Elevated Liver enzymes Low Platelets
  • HEV - Hepatitis E Virus
  • HFA - Health For All
  • Hgb - Hemoglobin
  • Hge - Hemorrhage
  • HGV - ???
  • HHA - Hyperglycemic ...?
  • HIB - ???
  • HIDA Scan - Biliary Radionuclide Scanning
  • HIE - Hypoxic Ischemic Encphalopathy
  • HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • HJR - Hepatojugular Reflex
  • HLA - Histocompatibility Locus Antigen
  • HLHS - Hypoplastic Left Heart Synd
  • HMG-CoA reductase -
  • HMPSO - ???
  • HNPCC - Heredi... ?
  • HO - History of
  • HOB - Head of Bed
  • HOCM - ???
  • HOL - hours of life?
  • HP - Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
  • HPA - Hypothalamic Pituitary Adnexal Axis
  • HPF - High Power Field
  • HPI - History of Present Illness
  • Hpn - ???
  • HPN - Hypertension
  • hr - hour
  • HR - Heart Rate
  • HRCT - High Resolution CT scan
  • HRT - Hormone Replacement therapy
  • hs - (hora somni) Bedtime, hour of sleep; Half Strength
  • HSC - Hematopietic Stem Cells
  • HSCT - Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • HSM - Hepatosplenomegaly
  • HSSG -
  • HSV - Herpes Simplex Virus
  • HTLV-III - Human Lymphotrophic Virus, type III (AIDS agent, HIV)
  • HTN - Hypertension, Hypotension
  • HUS - ???
  • HVA - ???
  • HWB - Hot Water Bottle
  • Hx - History

--- III ---

  • I&D - Incision & Drainage
  • I&O - Intake & Output
  • IAA - Interupted Aortic Arch, Insulin Auto-Antibodies
  • IADL - Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
  • IBD - Irritable Bowel Disease
  • IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • ICA - Islet Cell Antibodies???
  • ICD - ???
  • ICH - Intracerebral Hemorrhage???
  • ICP - Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy; IntraCranial Pressure
  • ICS - InterCostal Space
  • ICU - Intensive Care Unit
  • ID - Infectious Disease; idenitification; Intradermal
  • IDA - Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • IDDM - Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus
  • IDM - Infants of Diabetic Mothers
  • IE - Infective Endocarditis, Internal Examination
  • IEM - Inborn Error in Metabolism
  • IFG - ???
  • IG - Immunoglobulin
  • IgA - Immunoglobulin A
  • IgG - Immunoglobulin G
  • IgM -IP - Incubation Period
  • IGT - ???
  • IHSS - Ideopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis
  • IJ - injection
  • IMR - Infant Mortality Rate
  • IDDM - Insulin dependent DM, Juvenile Diabetes, DM1
  • ILD - Interstitial Lung Disease
  • IM - Intramuscular
  • IMF - Infra-Mammilary Fold
  • IMV - Intermittent mandatory ventilation
  • IN - IntraNasal
  • INF - Intravenous nutritional fluid
  • Inj - Injection
  • INH - ???
  • INR - International Normalised Ratio
  • IOC - Intra-op Cholangiography
  • IOTA - ???
  • IP - IntraPeritoneal
  • IPF - Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • IPI - ???
  • IPPB - Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing
  • IPSS - ???
  • IRBBB - Incomplete Right Bundle Branch Block
  • IRDM - Insulin Resistant Diabetes Melitus
  • ISOLS - International Symposium of Limb Salvage
  • IT - Interthecal
  • ITP - Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
  • IU - International Unit
  • IUFD - Intra Uterine Fetal Death
  • IUGR - Intra Uterine Growth Restriction
  • IUS - Intrauterine System
  • IUT - Intra Uterine Transfusion
  • IV - Intravenous
  • IVIG - Intravenous Immunoglobulin
  • IVC - Inferior Vena Cava; Intravenous cholangiogram
  • IVF - In vitro fertilization
  • IVH - IntraVentricular Hemorrhage
  • IVP - Intravenous pyelogram; Intravenous push
  • IVPB - Intravenous piggyback
  • IVS - ???

--- KKK ---

  • KAFO - Knee Ankle Foot Orthoses
  • KOR - Keep Open Rate
  • KUB - Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder
  • KVO - Keep Vein Open

--- LLL ---

  • L/S ratio - Lecithin-sphingomyelin Ratio; L is variable, S is constant
  • L - Left
  • LAC - Long Arm Cast
  • LAD - Left Axis Deviation; Left Anterior Descending
  • LADA - Latent Auto-immune Diabetic in Adults
  • LAE - Left Atrial Enlargement
  • LAHB - Left Anterior Hemi-Block
  • LAM -
  • LAP - Left Atrial Pressure; Leukocyte Alkaline Phosphate
  • LAP Score - ???
  • LAPSS - Los Angeles ...???
  • LAS - label as such
  • LBBB - Left Bundle Branch Block
  • LBW - Low Birth Weight
  • LCD - (liquor carbonis detergens) Coal Tar Solution
  • LCIS - Lobar Carcinoma In Situ
  • LDH - Lactate Dehydrogenase; Low Density ???
  • LE - Lupus Erythematous; Localized Erythema, Lower Extremities
  • LEEP - Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure
  • LFT - Liver Function Tests
  • LGA - Large for Gestational Age
  • LGU - Local Gov't Unit
  • LGV - Lymphogranuloma Venereum
  • LICS - Left InterCostal Space
  • LIH - Left Inguinal Hernia
  • lin - Liniment
  • LIP - ???
  • liq - (liquor) solution
  • LIS - ???
  • LLC - Long Leg Cast
  • LLL - Left Lower Lobe
  • LLQ - Lower Left Quadrant
  • LMIC's - Low to Moderate Income Countries
  • LMP - Last Menstual Period
  • LMWH - ???
  • LNG-IUS - ??? Intrauterine System
  • LNMP - Last Normal Menstual Period
  • LOC - Loss of Consciousness; Level of Consciousness
  • lot - Lotion
  • LP - Lumbar Puncture
  • LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse
  • LPSN - ???
  • LR - Lactated Ringer
  • LSIL - Low Grade Squamous Intraepithelial Lesion - result of pap smear
  • LSMT - Life Sustaining Medical Treatment
  • LSS - Limb Saving Surgery
  • LT - ???
  • LTBI - Latent TB Infection
  • LTCS - Low Transverse Cesarean Section
  • LUL - Left Upper Lobe
  • LUNA - ???
  • LUQ - Left Upper Quadrant
  • LUSB - ???
  • LV - Left Ventricle
  • LVE - LV Enlargement
  • LVEDD - ???
  • LVEDP - Left Ventricular End Diastolic Pressure
  • LVEF - L Ventricular Ejection Fraction
  • LVH - Left Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • LVPW - ???


--- MMM ---

  • M - (misce) mix
  • m - a minimum
  • MAHA - ???
  • mane - in the morning
  • MAO - MonoAmine Oxidase
  • MAP - Mean Arterial Pressure
  • MARS - Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System
  • MAS - Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
  • MAST - Medical AntiShock Trousers
  • MBT - Maternal Blood Type
  • MC - ???
  • MCA - Middle Cerebral Art.
  • MCC - Most Common Cause
  • MCD - Minimal Change Disease
  • mcg - microgram
  • MCH - Mean Cell Hemoglobin
  • MCHC - Mean Cell Hemoglobin Concentration
  • MCV - Mean Corpuscular Volume
  • MDCT - Multidetector CT
  • MDG - Millennium Development Goals
  • MDI - Metered Dose Inhaler, Multiple Daily Injections
  • MDMA - ???
  • MDR - Multi-Drug Resistant
  • MDR3 - ???
  • MDS - Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • mdu - (more dicto utendus) to be used as directed
  • MELD - Model for End-stage Liver Disease
  • MEGX test - ???
  • MEN 1 - ???
  • mEq - milliequivalent
  • MFD - Metaphyseal fibrous defect
  • MFH - Malignant Fiberous Histiocystoma
  • MFM - ???
  • mg - milligram
  • mg/d - mg per day
  • mg/dL - mg per deciliter
  • MGA - Mean Gestational Age
  • MgSO4 - Magnesium Sulfate
  • MH - ???
  • MHPSS - Mental Health Psycho Social Services
  • MI - Myocardial Infarction; Mitral Insufficiency; Menstrual Index
  • MIC - ???
  • min - minimum
  • MIRL -
  • mist - (mistura) mix
  • mitte - (mitte) send
  • mL - Milliliter
  • MLE - Midline Episiotomy
  • MLO - MedioLateral Oblique
  • MMEF - Maximal Mid-Expiratory Flow
  • mmol - millimole
  • MMP - Matrix Metalloproteinases
  • MMR - Measles, Mumps, & Rubella; Maternal Mortality Rate
  • MNT - Medico Nutrition Therapy
  • MPA - MedroxyProgestreone Acetate
  • MPAS - ???
  • MPD - ???
  • MPI - Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • MPS - Making Pregnancy Safer; Myocardial Perfusion Scan
  • MPSC -
  • MR - Mitral Regurgitation
  • MRA - Magnetic Resonant Angiography
  • MRCP - (cheaper than ERCP)
  • MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • MRS - Magnetic Resonant Spectroscopy
  • MRSA - Methicillin-Resistant Staph Aureus
  • MRV - Mitral Valve Replacement
  • MS - Mitral Stenosis; Multiple Sclerosis; Morphine Sulfate; Magnesium Sulfate
  • MSAFP - Maternal Serum Alpha Feto-Protein
  • MSB - ???
  • MSD - Mean Sac Diameter
  • MSLL - Maximum Straight Line Length
  • MSO4 - Morphine Sulfate
  • MSP - Multiple Sex Partners
  • MSSA - Methicillin-Sensitive Staph Aureus
  • MVA - Motor Vehicle Accident
  • MVC - Major Vehicular Collision
  • MVI - MultiVitamin Injection
  • MVP - Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • MVV Maxiumum Voluntary Ventilation
  • MX - Management


--- NNN ---

  • N - Normal
  • NABS - Normo-Active Bowel-Sounds
  • NAFLD - NonAlcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • NAD - No Active Disease
  • NAS - No Salt Added
  • NASH - NonAlcoholic SteatoHepatitis
  • NBTE - Non Bacterial ThromboEndocarditis
  • NCV - Nerve Conduction Velocity
  • NEC - Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • nebul - (nebula) a spray
  • NED - No Evidence Of Recurrent Disease
  • ng - Nanogram
  • NGR - Natural Growth Rate
  • NGT - Nasogastric Tube
  • NHBPEP - National High Blood Pressure Educational Program
  • NHL - Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • NIDDM - Non-insulin Dependent DM, Adult onset DM, DM2
  • NIHSS -
  • NMDC - No Malignant or Dysplastic Cells as in pap smear results
  • NMT - No More Than
  • noct - (nocte) at night
  • NOF - Non-Ossifying Fibroma
  • non rep - (non repetatur) no repeats
  • NPH - Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus; Neil Patrick Harris; Intermediate Insulin med?
  • NPO - Nothing Per Orem, Nothing by mouth
  • NS - Normal Saline (0.9%)
  • NSD - Natural Spontaneous Delivery
  • nsNSAIDs - non-selective NSAID, acts on COX1&2 (Coxibs - selective NSAID - Celecoxib or Celebrex acts on COX2 only).
  • NSF - Nothing Significant Found
  • NSIP - ???
  • NSS - Neurologic Severity Score; Normal Saline Solution
  • NSSTTC -
  • NST - Non-stress Test
  • NST-R - NST-Reactive
  • NST-NR - NST-Non-Reactive
  • NSTEM -
  • NT - Nucchal Translucency
  • NTD - Neural Tube Defect
  • NTE - Not To Exceed
  • NUD - Non-ulcer Dyspepsia


--- OOO ---

  • OA - Open Appendectomy
  • OAE - ???
  • OB - Obstetrics
  • OBG - ???
  • OCG - Oral Cholecystogram
  • OCP - Oral Contraceptives
  • od - (omne in die) Everyday, Once Daily; (oculus dexter) right eye
  • OD - Overdose
  • OFC - ???
  • OGTT - ???
  • OHA - ???
  • OHS - Occupational Health Services
  • om - (omne mane) Every Morning
  • OM - Otitis Media
  • OMC - ???
  • on - (omne nocte) Every Night
  • OOB - Out of Bed
  • OOP - Out of Plaster
  • OPCAB - Off Pump Coronary Art. Bipass
  • opd - once per day
  • OPSS/OPSI - Overwhelming Post Splenectomy Sepsis/Infection
  • OPV - Oral Polio Vaccine
  • OR - Operating Room
  • ORAI - Osteoporosis Risk Assessment Index
  • OREF - Open Reduction External Fixation
  • ORIF - Open Reduction Internal Fixation
  • os - (oculus sinister) Left Eye
  • OS - Overall Survival
  • OSM - Osmolarity
  • OT -Occupational Therapist
  • ou - (oculus uterque) both eyes
  • oz - ounce


--- PPP ---

  • P&PD - Percussion & Postural Drainage
  • P - Para
  • PA - PosteroAnterior
  • PA/IVS - Pulmonary Atresia w Intact Ventricular Septum
  • PA line - ???
  • PAC - Premature Atrial Contractions
  • PAD - Peripheral Art. Dse
  • PAL - (chest x-ray) ???
  • PAO2 - Alveolar Oxygen
  • PaO2 - Peripheral atrial Oxygen Content
  • PAP - Positive Airway Pressure; Pulmonary Artery Pressure
  • PAPVR - Partial Anomalous Venous Return, aka Scimitar Synd
  • PAT - Paroxysymal Atrial Tachycardia
  • PB - Peripheral blood
  • PBC - 1° biliary cirrhosis
  • PBF - ???
  • PBS - Peripheral Blood Smear
  • pc - (post cibum) After Eating
  • PCA - ???
  • PCWP - Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure
  • PCI - ???
  • PCN - PeniCilliN
  • PCNA - ???
  • PCOS - PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • PCP - Pneumocystis carinii
  • PCR - Polymerized chain reaction?
  • PCWP - Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure
  • PDA - Patent Ductus Arteriosis
  • PDGF - Platelet-Derived Growth Factor
  • PDR - Physicians Desk Reference
  • PE - Pulmonary Embolism; Physical Exam; Pleural Effusion
  • PEA - ???
  • PEEP - Positive End Expiratory Pressure
  • PEF monitoring - ???
  • PEF R - Peak Expiratory Flow Rate
  • PEG - Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
  • per - by or through
  • PET Scan - Positron emission tomography scan
  • PFO - Patent Foramen Ovale
  • PFT - Pulmonary Function Test
  • pg - Picogram
  • PGA - PolyGlandular Autoimmune syndrome
  • PGI - Prostacyclin
  • Ph 1 - ???
  • PH - ???
  • PHC - Primary Health Care
  • PHE - Proximal Humoral Epiphysis
  • PHM - Partial Hydatidal Mole
  • PHPN - Pulmo HPN
  • PI - Pulmonic Insufficiency Disease
  • PI A1 - Platelet Antigen 1
  • PID - Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • PIE - Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema
  • pig - (pigmentum) paint
  • pigm - (pigmentum) paint
  • PIH - Pregnancy Induced Hypertension; Pre-eclampsia
  • PKD - Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • PKU - Phenylketonuria
  • pm - (post meridiem) Evening or Afternoon
  • PMH - Previous Medical History
  • PMI - Point of Maximal Impulse
  • PML - Premature Labor
  • PMN - PolyMorphoNuclear leukocyte (Neutrophils)
  • PMP - Previous Menstual Period
  • PND - Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dypnea
  • PMDD - Premenstrual Dysphoria Disorder
  • PNH -
  • PNV - PreNatal Vitamins
  • PCA - Post. Cerebral Art.
  • po - (per orem, per os), by mouth or orally
  • POC - Products of Conception
  • POD - Post-op day
  • POP - Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • PP - Postprandial; Pulsus Paradoxus
  • PPD - Purified Protein Derivative of Tuberculin (False Neg Rate 30%)
  • PPE - Personal Protective Equipment
  • PPH - Post Partum Hemorrhage; 1° Pulmonary Hypertension; Persistent Pulmo Hypertension; Pertinent Past History
  • PPI - Proton Pump Inhibitor
  • ppm - Parts per Million
  • PPU - Perforated Peptic Ulcer
  • pr - (per rectum) by rectum
  • PRBC - Packed Red Blood Cells
  • PRC - Professional Regulation Commission
  • PRES - ???
  • PRIST - Paper Radioimmunosorbent Test (Pharmacia Diagnostics)
  • prn - (pro re nata) As needed
  • PROM - Premature Rupture Of Membranes
  • PS - Pulmonic Stenosis
  • PSA - Prostate-Specific Antigen
  • PSC - 1° sclerosing cholangitis
  • PSG - PolySomnoGraphy
  • PSM - Pan Systolic Murmur
  • PSP - Progressive Supranuclear Palsy; Postsynaptic Potential; Polysaccharide Peptide; Primary Sodium Pump; Poor Sexual Performance
  • PSRA - PostStreptococcal Reactive Arthritis
  • PSV - Pressure Support Ventilation
  • Pt - Patient
  • PT - Prothrombin Time; Physical Therapy
  • PTA- Percutaneous Transluminal? Angioplasty
  • PTB - Pulmo TB, Patellar Tendon Bearing cast
  • PTBD - Percutaneous Transhepatic Biliary Drainage
  • PTC - Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography; Plasma Thromboplastin Component; Phenylthiocarbamoyl
  • PTCA - Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
  • PTH - Parathyroid Hormone
  • PTHC - Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography
  • PTHrP - PTH related Hormone
  • PTL - Preterm Labor
  • PTE - Proximal Tibial Epiphysis
  • PTMC - ???
  • Ptt - Patients
  • PTT - Partial Thromboplastin Time
  • PU - Peptic Ulcer
  • PUBS - Percutaneous Umilical Blood Sampling; Cordocentesis
  • PUD - Peptic Ulcer Disease, Pulmonary Disease
  • PUFA - Poly-Unsat Fatty Acids
  • pulv - (pulvis) powder
  • PUPPP - ???
  • PUV - ???
  • PV - (per vaginam) via the vagina; Polycythemia Vera
  • PVC - Premature Ventricular Contraction
  • PVD - Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • PVOD - Pulmonary Valve Obstructive Disease?
  • PYP - Technetiun Pyrophosphate


--- QQQ ---

  • q - every
    • qd - every day
    • qday - per day, NOT 4 x a day
    • qh - every hour
      • q4h - every 4 hours
      • q6h - every 6 hours
  • QAR - Quiet Alert & Responsive
  • qid - 4x a day
  • QNS - Quantity No Sufficient
  • qod - every other day
  • Qs/Qt - Shunt Fraction
  • Qt - Total Cardiac Output
  • QTTS - drops


--- RRR ---

  • R/O - Rule Out
  • R0,1,2,3 - Residual disease left behind after surgery
  • R - Right
  • RA - Refractory Anemia; Rheumatoid Arthritis; Right Atrium
  • RAD - R Atrial Axis Deviation
  • RAE - R Atrial Enlargement
  • RAIU - ???
  • RAP - R Atrial Pressure
  • RAST - ???
  • RAT - ???
  • RBBB - R Bundle Branch Block; Ebstein's anomoly???
  • RBC - Red Blood Cell
  • RBP - Retinol-Binding Protein
  • RCC - Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • R-CHOP - ???
  • RDA - Recommended Daily Allowance
  • RDS - Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • RDW - Red Cell Distribution Width
  • RDR - Rapid Plasma Reagin
  • REM - Random Eye Movement
  • RES - ???
  • RF - Renal Failure
  • RFA - ???
  • RHD - Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • RHSO - ???
  • RH - ???
  • RHU - Rural Health Unit
  • RIA - RadioImmunoAssay
  • RIG - Rabies Ig
  • RIH - R Inguinal Hernia
  • RLL - R Lower Lobe
  • RLQ - R Lower Quadrant
  • RML - R Middle Lobe
  • RNA - RiboNucleic Acid
  • RO - Rule Out
  • ROM - Range Of Motion
  • ROS - Review Of Systems
  • RPG - Retrograde PyeloGram
  • RRR - Regular Rate & Rhythm
  • RSV - Respiratory Syncytial Virus
  • RT - Respiratory Therapy; Radiation Therapy
  • RTC - Return To Clinic
  • rTPA - ???
  • RU - Resin Uptake
  • RUG - Retrograde Urethogram
  • RUL - R Upper Lobe
  • RUQ - R Upper Quadrant
  • RUQ - Right Upper Quadrant
  • RV - Residual Volume
  • RVH - R Ventricular Hypertrophy
  • RVOT - Right Ventricular Outflow Tract
  • RVT -
  • Rx - Prescription; Treatment
  • RYGB - Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

--- SSS ---

  • S&E - Sugar & Acetone
  • S-M - Strong - Moderate
  • s - without
  • SA - SinoAtrial
  • SAA - Synthetic Amino Acid
  • SAb - Spont Abortion
  • SABA - Short Acting Beta A ???
  • SAC - Short Arm Cast
  • SAH - Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • SAM - Systolic Anterior Movement
  • SAMe - S-adenosylmethionine
  • SARS - Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
  • SBE - Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis
  • SBFT - Small Bowel Follow Through
  • SBO - Small Bowel Obstruction
  • SBS - Short Bowel Syndrom
  • SCCA - Squamous cell Carcinoma
  • SCD - Sudden Cardiac Death
  • SCJ - Squamo-Columnar Junction
  • SCr - Serum Creatinine
  • SEM - Systolic Ejection Mumur
  • SERM - Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator
  • SFA - Subclavian Flap Angioplasty
  • SG - Swan-Ganz
  • SGA - Small for Gestational Age
  • SGD - ???
  • SGGT - Serum Gamma-Glutamyl Transpeptidase
  • SGOT - Serum Glutamic-Oxaloacetic Transaminase
  • SGPT - Serum Glutamic-Pyruvic Transaminase
  • SIADH - Synd of Inappropriate ADH Hypersecretion
  • SID - Every 24 hrs
  • sig - Write on Label
  • SIMV - Synchronous Intermittent Mandatory Ventilation
  • SIRS - ???
  • SIS collagen plug -
  • sl - SubLingual
  • SLC - Short Leg Cast
  • SLE - Systemic Lupus Erythematous
  • SMBG - ???
  • SMO - Slips Made Out
  • SOAP - Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan
  • SOB - Shortness of Breath
  • SPECT - Sestamibi Positron...???
  • SPN - Solitary Pulmonary Nodule
  • SOB - Shortness of breath
  • SOL - ???
  • SQ - Subcutaneous
  • SR - ???
  • SRH - ???
  • SRS - Somatostatin receptor scintigraphy
  • ss - one-half
  • SSPE - Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis
  • SSSS - Staph or Strep Scalded Skin Syndrome
  • SSTI - Soft & Skin Tissue Infection
  • ST - ???
  • STA - Superficial Temporal Artery
  • STAT - Immediately
  • STEMI - ???
  • Sx - Surgery
  • SVC - Superficial Vena Cava
  • SVD - Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery
  • SVG - Saphenous Vein Graft
  • SVP - Spontaneous Venous Pulsation


--- TTT ---

  • T&C - Type and Cross
  • T&H - Type and Hold
  • T1DM - Type I DM
  • TA - Tricuspid Artesia
  • TAE - TransArterial Embolism
  • TAH - Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • TAPP - Trans Abdominal Pre Peritoneal Repair
  • TAPVR - Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return
  • TAS - Transabdominal Scanning (UTZ)
  • TB - Tuberculosis
  • TBG - Thyroxine Binding Globulin; Total Binding Globulin
  • TCC - Total Contact Cast
  • TCT - Transcathether Therapy
  • Td - Tetanus-diphtheria Toxoid
  • TEE - TransEsophageal Echocardiography
  • TEN - Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
  • TENS - Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (a form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome); Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation (aka Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
  • TEP - Totally ExtraPeritoneal repair
  • TET - Treadmill Exercise Test; Tubal Embryo Transfer
  • TFR - Total Fertility Rate
  • Tg - Transgenic; Thyroglobulin; Triglyceride;
  • TGA - Transposition of the Great Arteries
  • TGF-β - Transforming growth factor beta
  • TI - Tricuspid Insufficiency
  • TIA - Total Intestinal Aganglionosis; Transient Ischemic Attacks
  • TIBC - Total Iron Binding Capacity
  • TIC - Tenderness, Instability, of Crepitation (trauma examination); Tachycardia Induced Cardiomyopathy
  • tid - 3x a day
  • TIG - Tetanus Immunoglobulin
  • TIPS - Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt
  • TKI - Thyrosine Kinase Inhibitor
  • TKO - To Keep Open
  • TLC - Total Lung Capacity
  • TLV - Threshold Limit Values
  • TME - Total Mesorectal Excision; Thrombotic Meningoencephalitis; Toxic-Metabolic Encephalopathy
  • TMJ - TemporoMandibular Joint
  • TMP-SMX - Trimethoprim- sulfamethoxazole
  • TMR - TransMyocardial Revascularization
  • TNM - Tumor Nodal Metastasis Cancer Staging
  • TNTC - Too Numerous To Count
  • TO - Telephone Order
  • TOA - Tuboovarian Abscess
  • TOC - Tuboovarian Complex
  • TOPV - Trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine
  • TORCH - Toxoplasma, Other viruses, Rubella, Cytomegalovirus, Herpesvirus
  • TORCHES - ???
  • TP - Type; Time Period; Total Phosphorous; Total Protein; True Positive; Thymidine Phosphorylase; Tumor Protein; Triose Phosphate; Tibialis Posterior; Transverse Processes (spine); Telomerase-Associated Protein; Total Particulates; Treponema Palidum (bacteria); Tuberculin Precipitation
  • TPA - Treponema Pallidum
  • TPHA - Treponema Pallidum Hemagglutination
  • TPN - Total Parenteral Nutrition
  • TPO - Thyroid Peroxidase; Thrombopoietin
  • TRALI - Transfusion Related Acute lung Injury
  • TSH - Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
  • TSI - Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulin; Triple Sugar Iron
  • TSS - Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • TT - Tetanus Toxoid; Thrombin Time
  • TT virus - ???
  • TTG - Tissue transglutaminase
  • TTH - Tension Type Headache
  • TTNA - Trans-Thoracic Needle Aspiration
  • TTP - Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • TTTS - Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • TU - Tuberculin Units
  • TUR - TransUrethral Resection
  • TURBT - TUR Bladder Tumors
  • TURP - TransUrethral Resection of Prostate
  • TV - Tidal Volume
  • TVH - Total Vaginal Hysterectomy
  • TVS - Transvaginal Scanning
  • tw - Twice a Week
  • Tx - Treatment; Transplant
  • TxA2 - Thromboxane A2
  • TZ - Transformation Zone


--- UUU ---

  • UA - Urinalysis
  • UAC - Uric Acid; Umbilical Artery Catheter
  • UAO - Upper Airway Obstruction
  • UBD - Univeral Blood Donor
  • UC - Uterine Contraction; Ulcerative Colitis; Umbilical Cord
  • ud - As directed
  • UDCA - ???
  • UE - Upper Extremities
  • UFH - Unfrationated Heparin
  • UGI - Upper gastrointestinal
  • UGIB - Upper GI Bleeding
  • UGIS - Upper GI Series
  • UIP - Usual Interstitial Pneumonia
  • ULN - ???
  • UPI - Uteroplacental Insufficiency
  • URI - Upper Respiratory Infection
  • URQ - Upper Right Quadrant
  • URTI - Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
  • US - Ultrasound
  • UTI - Urinary Tract Infection
  • UTZ - Ultrasound
  • UUN - Urinary Urea Nitrogen
  • UVA - Ultraviolet A light
  • UVB - Ultraviolet B light


--- VVV ---

  • V/D - Vomiting & Diarrhea
  • V/Q - Ventilation-Perfusion
  • VAC - Vacuum Assisted Closure
  • VAD - Venous Access Device
  • VAP - Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
  • VATS - Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery; thorascopy
  • VBAC - Vaginal Birth After CS
  • VBS - Vertebro-Basilar System
  • VC - Vital Capacity
  • VCT - Venous Clotting Time
  • VCUG - Voiding CysoUrethroGram
  • VDRL/RPR - Venereal Disease Research Laboratory/Rapid Plasma Reagin (test for syphilis)
  • VF - Ventricular Fibrillation
  • VINDICATE - Vascular, Inflammatory/Infectious, Neoplastic, Degenerative/Drugs, Idiopathic/Iatrogenic, Congenital, Allergic/Autoimmune, Traumatic, Endocrinal or metabolic (mnemonic for D/dx)
  • VISA - Vancomycin-intermediate Staph aureus
  • VLCFA - ???
  • VMA - Vanillymadelic Acid
  • VO - Verbal/Voice Order
  • VOR - Vestibul-Occular Reflex
  • VPM - ???
  • VPS - Ventriculo- Peritoneal Shunt
  • VRE - Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus
  • VRSA - Vancomycin-resistant Staph aureus
  • VSD - Ventricular Septal Defect
  • VSR - Ventricular Septal Rupture
  • VSS - Vital Signs Stable
  • Vt - Tidal Volume
  • VT - Ventricular Tachycardia
  • VTE - Venous ThromboEmbolism
  • VV - Varicose Veins
  • VW - Vessel Wall
  • vWF - von Williebrand Factor
  • vWD - von Williebrand Disease
  • VZV - Varicella-Zoster Virus
  • VZIG - Varicella Zoster Immunoglobulin


--- WWW ---

  • W-T-D - Wet To Dry
  • W/U - Work-up
  • WB - Whole Blood
  • WBC - White Blood Cell; White Blood Count
  • WBR - Whole Body Radiation
  • WD - Well Developed
  • WF - White Female
  • WHO - World Health Organization
  • WIA - Wounded In Action
  • WID - Widow; Widower
  • WM - White Male
  • WN - Well Nourished
  • WNL - Within Normal Limits
  • WO - Written Order; Weeks Old; Wide Open
  • WOP - WithOut Pain
  • WP - WhirlPool
  • WPW - Wolff-Parkinson-White


--- XXX ---

  • X2d - Times 2 days
  • XDR - Extensively Drug Resistant
  • XI - Eleven
  • XII - Twelve
  • XM - CrossMatch
  • XMM - Xeromammography
  • XOM - ExtraOcular Movements
  • XRT - X-ray Therapy (Radiation Therapy)
  • XS - Excessive
  • XULN - Times Upper Limit of Normal
  • XXDR - Extremely Drug Resistant

--- YYY ---

  • YF - Yellow Fever
  • YLC - Youngest Living Child
  • yo - years old
  • YOB - Year of Birth
  • yr - year
  • ytd - Year to Date

--- ZZZ ---

  • Z-ESR - Zeta Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
  • ZDV - Zidovudine
  • ZE - Zollinger-Ellison
  • ZES - Zollinger -Ellison Syndrome
  • Zn - Zinc
  • ZnO - Zinc Oxide
  • ZSB - Zero Stools Since Birth

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