Dose measurements General

Abbreviations ( Medical & Pharmacological )

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Abbreviation Meaning
ABGs arterial blood gases
AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ALT alanine aminotransferase (previously SGPT)
APTT activated partial thromboplastin time
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
AST aspartate aminotransferase (previously SGOT)
AV atrioventricular
bid twice daily
bpm beats per minute
BP blood pressure
BSA body surface area
BUN blood urea nitrogen
°C degrees Celsius
Cal Calorie (kilocalorie)
CBC complete blood count
cc cubic centimeter
CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CHF congestive heart failure
CN cranial nerve
CNS central nervous system
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CPK creatine phosphokinase
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CT computed tomography
cu cubic
Cu copper
CV cardiovascular
CVP central venous pressure
D5W 5\% Dextrose in Water
D10W 10\% Dextrose in Water
DERM dermatologic
DIC disseminated intravascular coagulation
dl deciliter (100 ml)
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid
ECG electrocardiogram
EDTA ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid
EEG electroencephalogram
EENT eye &ear& nose&throat
ELISA enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay
EMIT enzyme-multiplied immunoassay test
°F degrees Fahrenheit
FDA Food and DrugAdministration
G-6-PD glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase
GABA gamma-aminobutyric acid
GI gastrointestinal
gtt drops
GU genitourinary
Hct hematocrit
HDL high-density lipoprotein
HEMA hematologic
HEPA hepatic
Hgb hemoglobin
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
hr hour
I&O intake and output
IM intramuscular
IND investigational new drug
IOP intraocular pressure
IU international units
IV intravenous
kg kilogram
L liter
LDH lactate dehydrogenase
LDL low-density lipoprotein
LOC level of consciousness
m meter
m2 square meter
MAO monoamine oxidase
mcg microgram
mEq milliequivalent
META metabolic
mg milligram
MI myocardial infarction
min minute
ml milliliter
mm millimeter
mm3 cubic millimeter
mm Hg millimeters of mercury
mo month
mOsm milliosmole
MRI magnetic resonance imaging
npo nothing by mouth
NSAID nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug
ng nanogram
NK natural killer (cells)
otc over-the-counter (nonprescription)
oz ounce
PABA para-aminobenzoic acid
PAC premature atrial contraction
pH negative log of hydrogen ion concentration
PMS premenstrual syndrome
pCO2 carbon dioxide pressure (tension)
pO2 oxygen pressure (tension)
PO by mouth
ppm parts per million
prn as needed
PR per rectum
pt pint
PT prothrombin time
PTT partial thromboplastin time
PVC premature ventricular contraction
q every
qd every day
q hr every hour
qid four times daily
qod every other day
q 2 hr every 2 hours
qt quart
RBC red blood cell count
RDA Recommended Dietary Allowance
RDS respiratory distress syndrome
RNA ribonucleic acid
SC subcutaneous
sec second
SIADH syndrome of inappropriate secretion of antidiuretic hormone
SL sublingual
SLE systemic lupus erythematosus
SPF sun protection factor
STD sexually transmitted disease
tid three times daily
Tbsp tablespoon
TPN total parenteral nutrition
TSH thyroid-stimulating hormone
tsp teaspoon
U unit
UTI urinary tract infection
VHDL very high density lipoprotein
VLDL very low density lipoprotein
WBC white blood cell count
WHO World Health Organization
wk week
yr year



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