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Common Abbreviations
Abbreviations Meanings
Symbols and Numbers
ψ Psychiatry or psychology
μg Micrograms
5-HT Serotonin
A  
ABC Airway, breathing, and circulation
ABGs Arterial blood gases
ABO Antibody screen
ac Antes comer or before meals
ACTH Adrenocorticotropic hormone
AD Alzheimer's disease
ADD Attention deficit disorder
ADH Antidiuretic hormone
ADHD Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder
ADR Adverse drug reaction
AIDS Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ALT Alanine aminotransferase
AMBU Air-shields manual breathing unit
AML Acute myelogenous leukemia; acute myeloid leukemia
ANS Autonomic nervous system
AP view Anteroposterior view; Towne's view
AS Ankylosing spondylitis
A.S.A.P. As soon as possible
ASD Autism spectrum disorder
AST Aspartate aminotransferase
ATA Anterograde amnesia
AV Atrioventricular
B  
BaFPE Bay area functional performance evaluation
BCG Bacille Calmette-Guérin (tuberculosis vaccine)
BGT Blood glucose level
BMD Becker's muscular dystrophy
BP Blood pressure
BPD Bipolar disorder
BPD Bronchopulmonary dyplasia
BPH Benign prostatic hyperplasia
BPMD Benign pseudohypertrophic muscular dystrophy
BR Bed rest
BS Breath sounds
BSA Body surface area
BSW Bachelor of social work (degree)
BUN Blood urea nitrogen
C  
Ca Cancer
Ca Chemical symbol for calcium
CA Cancer
CA Cancer antigen
CA Cardiac arrest
CA Chronological age
CA Cytosine arabinoside
CAD Coronary artery disease
CAM Cognitive assessment of Minnesota
CAT Computed axial tomography
CBC Complete blood count
CEA Carcinoembryonic antigen
CF Cold formula
Cl Chloride
CIS Cancer in situ
CK Symbol for creatinine
CK Total creatinine kinase
CML Chronic myelogenous leukemia; chronic myeloid leukemia
CNA Certified nursing assistant
CNS Central nervous system
CO2 Carbon dioxide
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
COTNAB Chessington occupational therapy neurological assessment battery
CPAP Continuous positive airway pressure
CPK Creatinine phosphokinase
CPK-MD Creatinine kinase
CPU Central processing unit
CRT Certified respiratory technician
CSF Cerebrospinal fluid
CT Computer axial tomography
CV Cardiovascular
CVA Cerebrovascular accident
D  
DAI Diffuse axonal injury
DAT Dementia of the Alzheimer's type
DDM Doctor of dental medicine
DDS Doctor of dental surgery
DDST-II Denver developmental screening test II
DI Diagnostic imaging
DIAL3 Developmental indicators for the assessment of learning
DID Dissociative identity disorder
dL Deciliter
DM Dextromethorphan
DM Diabetes mellitus
DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid
E  
E. coli Escherichia coli
ECG Electrocardiogram
ED Erectile dysfunction
ED Emergency department
EDH Epidural hematoma
EEG Electroencephalogram
EMD Emergency medical dispatcher
EMT Emergency medical technician
ER Emergency room
ER Extended release
ESI-R Early screening inventory-revised
ETA Estimated time of arrival
ETOH abuse Alcoholism
F  
FASIAR Follicle aspiration, sperm injection, and assisted follicular rupture
FBS Fasting blood sugar (test)
FHM Fetal heart monitor
FHR Fetal heart rate
FIM Functional independence measure
FNA Fine-needle aspiration biopsy
FNAC Fine-needle aspiration cytology
FSH Follicle-stimulating hormone
G  
GAD Generalized anxiety disorder
GAF Global assessment of functioning
GARS Gait assessment rating score
GCS Glasgow Coma Scale
GHRF Growth hormone-releasing factor
GIFT Gamete intrafallopian tube transfer
gm gram
GRGH Growth-releasing growth hormone
GRH Gonadotropin-releasing hormone
GYN Gynecology
H  
H2O Water
HBV Hepatitis B virus
hCG Human chorionic gonadotropin
HCL Hydrochloride
HCT Hematocrit
HCT Hydrochlorothiazide
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