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Glossary of Medical Terms

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Select a letter above representing the first letter of the word or abbreviation you are searching for.

Things to Remember:

Some abbreviations are case sensitive and mean different things if in CAPS or lowercase letters.

Some abbreviations may look the same, but mean different things depending on how they are used.  This is not a complete list, but a representation of the most commonly used for your convenience. Last Updated: 02/28/2014

A

 

Advance Directive

Directives that an individual puts in written to specify instructions for care, etc.  (ie: Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care or a Living Will).  For more information contact our office or visits Kansas Health Ethics, Inc.

ADLs

Activities of Daily Living

AMA

Against Medical Advice

ASAP

As soon as possible.

B

 

BID

Means “twice a day”. This could be a frequency for taking medications or numbers of times to do a certain medically related task, like a dressing change.

BM

Bowel Movement

BP

Blood Pressure

BS

Blood Sugar

C

 

CBC

Complete Blood Count

CDP

Certified Dementia Practitioner

CHF

Congestive Heart Failure

CMA

Certified Medication Aide

CNA

Certified Nursing Assistant

COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

CO2

Carbon Dioxide

CPR

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

D

 

DM

Diabetes Mellitus

DME

Durable Medical Equipment. Medical equipment such as a wheel chair, walker or cane are often referred to as DME.

DNR

Do Not Resuscitate

DOB

Date of Birth

DR/Dr

Doctor

E

 

ECG

Electrocardiogram

EKG

Electrocardiogram

ER

Emergency Room

F

 

fx

Fracture

G

 

Gait

H

 

HHA

Home Health Aide

HIV

Human Immunovirus

H&P

History and Physsical. Usually written by your physician, this is a document that outlines previous and current important information about your condition, prognosis, treatment, medications, etc.

HTN

Hypertension

I

 

IDDM

Insulin Dependent Diabetic Mellitus

IM

Intramuscular

I&O

Intake and Output

IV

Intravenous

J

 

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K

 

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L

 

Lab

Laboratory

LPN

Licensed Practical Nurse

Life Insurance

A policy that guarantees the payment of a stated amount of monetary benefits upon the death of the insured to a designated beneficiary, typically a family member or business.

M

 

Meds

Medications

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels. A service where meals are delivered to the home for individuals that met the eligibility criteria.  In Wichita, Meals on Wheels is provided through Senior Services.  As well, The Good Neighbor Nutrition Program is provided through the American Red Cross.

MR

Mental Retardation

M.S.

Multiple Sclerosis

N

 

NPO

Nothing by Mouth

NWB

Non Weight Bearing. Usually after a total knee, or some other orthopedic procedures, the MD will not want a patient to put weight on the leg surgery was performed on.

O

 

O2

Oxygen

OT

Occupational Therapist

P

 

PO

To ingest orally or take by mouth.

POC

Plan of Care

Post-Op

Post Operation; Following operations.

Pre-Op

Pre Operation; Before operation.

PRN

Means “as needed” and typically references to tasks that do not have to be done all the time or at any certain frequency.

Pt

Patient. Unlike PT, the abbreviation Pt representation the word “Patient”.

PT

Physical Therapist

PVT

Private

Q

 

QID

Means “four times a day”.  This could be a frequency for taking medications or numbers of times to do a certain medically related task such as a dressing change.

QD

Means “daily” or “every day”.

R

 

RA

Restorative Aide

Rehab

Rehabilitation

RN

Registered Nurse

RX

Prescription  

S

 

Ssat

Saturation. Usually refers to oxygen levels.

SN

Skilled Nursing

SOB

Short of Breath

SP

Speech

SS

Social Security

ST

Speech Therapy

STD

Sexually Transmitted Disease

Subq

Subcutaneous. An injection using a short needle into the tissue and not the muscle

T

 

TB

Tuberculosis

Tbsp

Tablespoon

TIA

Transient Ischemic Attack

TPN

Total Parenteral Nutrition. Nutrition given by vein when people are unable to eat solid food.

Tx

Treatment Therapy

U

 

UA

Urinalysis

V

 

VA

Veterans Administration

VO

Verbal Order

W

 

WB

Weight Bearing

WBC

White Blood Count

WC

Wheel Chair

wt

Weight

X

 

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Y

 

y/o

Years Old

yr

Year

Z

 

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