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Common Abbreviation and Medical Terms

Most times you do not see what your Medical Doctor writes on your chart. Sometimes even if you did, you may not be able to read his or her writing. However, if you are curious as to what an abbreviation means, perhaps this list can be of help.

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AB Abortion
ab Abdomen or Abdominal
AD Alzheimer’s Disease
ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AE Hyperkalemia
AED Automated External Defibrillator
AF Amniotic Fluid
AI Artificial Insemination
AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Alc Alcohol
ALL Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
AMS Acute Mountain Sickness
ASD Autism Spectrum Disorder
BAC Blood Alcohol Content
BCAA Brached Chain Amino Acid
BCP Birth Control Pill
BD Bipolar Disorder
BDD Body Dysmorphic Disorder
BE Barium Enema
BM Bone Marrow
BMI Body Mass Index
BMR Basal Metabolic Rate
BMT Bone Marrow Transplant
BP Blood Pressure
BPD Borderline Personality Disorder
BSL Blood Sugar Level
CA Cancer
Ca Calcium
CAPD Central Auditory Processing Disorder
CV Cardiovascular
CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CHF Congestive Heart Failure
CHO Carbohydrate
Chol Cholesterol
CKD Chronic Kidney Disease
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPT Current Procedural Terminology
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CRF Chronic Renal Failure
CTS Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
DBT Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Detox Detoxification
DHEA Dehydroepiandrosterone
DI Diabetes Insipidus
DID Dissociative Identity Disorder
DJD Degenerative Joint Disease
DKA Diabetic Ketoacidosis
DM Diabetes Mellitus
DMD Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
DU Duodenal Ulcer
DUB Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding
DVT Deep Vein Thrombosis
dz Disease
EAA Essential Amino Acids
ECT Electroconvulsive Therapy
ED Erectile Dysfunction
EFAD Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency
EI Emotional Intelligence
EMR Electronic Medical Record
ESWL Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy
ETOH Ethanol
FBS Fasting Blood Sugar
FFA Free Fatty Acids
Flu Influenza
Fx Fracture
GAD Generalized Anxiety Disorder
GB Gallbladder
GC Gonorrhea
GERD Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
GH Growth Hormone
GI Glycemic Index
GN Glomerulonephritis (Nephritis)
GTT Glucose Tolerance Test
GU Gastric Ulcer
HA, H/A Headache
HACE High Altitude Cerebral Edema
HAPE High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
HAV Hepatitis A Virus
HBP High Blood Pressure
HBV Hepatitis B Virus
HCC Hepatocellular Carcinoma
HCV Hepatitis C Virus
Hgb Hemoglobin
HGH Human Growth Hormone
HH Hiatus Hernia
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HONK Hyperosmolar Nonketotic Coma
HR Heart Rate
HRT Hormone Replacement Therapy
HSV Herpes Simplex Virus
HTN Hypertension
H&M Hematemesis and Melena
IBC Inflammatory Breast Cancer
IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome
ID Infectious Disease
IDA Iron Deficiency Anemia
IDDM Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus
IMN Infectious Mononucleosis
IMS Irritable Male Syndrome
IOL Induction Of Labor
IPPB Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing
IQ Intelligence Quotient
IUD Intrauterine Device
JIA Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
L Leukocytes (White Blood Cells)
LASIK Laser-Assisted In-Situ Keratomileusis
LBP Low Back Pain
L&D Labor and Delivery (Childbirth)
LFT Liver Function Test
LN Lymph Node
LP Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
MDD Major Depressive Disorder (Clinical Depression)
Mg Magnesium
MI Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)
MMR Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Mono Infectious Mononucleosis (Glandular Fever)
MRSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
MS Multiple Sclerosis
MSM Methylsulfonylmethane
MVC Motor Vehicle Crash
NBN Newborn Baby Nursery
NIDDM Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus
NKA No Known Allergies
NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming
NSD Normal Spontaneous Delivery (Natural Childbirth)
O2 Oxygen
OA Osteoarthritis
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCP Oral Contraceptive Pill
OCPD Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
OPV Oral Polio Vaccine
OS Orthopedic Surgery
OSA Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Osteo Osteomyelitis
OTC Over-the-counter Drug
Pap Papanicolaou Test (Pap Smear)
PCa Prostate Cancer
PCO Polycystic Ovary
PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
PCR Patient Care Report
PD Parkinson’s Disease
PDD Pervasive Developmental Disorder
PKD Polycystic Kidney Disease
PMS Premenstrual Syndrome
PP Postpartum
Preme Premature Baby
PTA Peritonsillar Abscess
PTSD Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
PUD Peptic Ulcer Disease
RA Rheumatoid Arthritis
RAD Reactive Attachment Disorder
RBC Red Blood Cells
RD Retinal Detachment
REM Rapid Eye Movement
RF Rheumatic Fever
RLS Restless Legs Syndrome
Rx Prescription Drug
SAB Spontaneous Abortion (Miscarriage)
SAH Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
Scope Microscope or Endoscope
SI Sacroiliacal (Sacroiliac Joints)
SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SLE Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SMA Spinal Muscular Atrophy
SOB Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea)
SS Sickle-cell disease (anemia)
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
STI Sexually Transmitted Infection
STOP Surgical Termination Of Pregnancy (Abortion)
Strep Streptococcus
STS Serological Test for Syphilis
SVT Supraventricular Tachycardia
Sz Seizure
TB Tuberculosis
TBI Traumatic Brain Injury
TG Triglycerides
TKR Total Knee Replacement
TMJ Temporomandibular Joint
Tu Tumor
UC Umbilical Cord
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
VV Varicose Veins
WBC White Blood Cell, White Blood Cell Count
W/C Wheelchair
WS Williams Syndrome
wt Weight
XRT Radiation Therapy
YF Yellow Fever

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