# NURS 206 - Common Medical Abbreviations

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Change

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1 centimeter (cm) = ___ millimeters (mm)

10 millimeters (mm)

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1 cubic centimeter (cc) = ___ milliliter (mL)

1 milliliter (mL) note we no longer use cc

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1 cup = ___ ounces (oz)

8 ounces (oz)

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1 Gallon = ___ quarts

4 quarts

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1 grain (gr) = ___ milligrams (mg)

60 milligrams (mg)

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1 gram (gm) = ___ milligrams (mg)

1000 milligrams (mg)

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1 inch = ___ centimeters (cm)

2.54 centimeters (cm)

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1 kilogram (kg) = ___ grams (gm)

1000 grams (gm)

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1 kilogram (kg) = ___ pounds (lbs)

2.2 pounds (lbs)

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1 Liter (L) = ____ milliliters (mL)

1000 milliliters (mL)

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1 meter (m) = ___ millimeters (mm)

1000 millimeters (mm)

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1 milligram (mg) = ___ micrograms (mcg)

1000 micrograms (mcg)

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1 milliliter (mL) = ___ cubic centimeter (cc)

1 cubic centimeter (CC) note we no longer use cc

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1 ounce (oz) = ___ milliliters (mL)

30 milliliters (mL) note 29.5735 mL to be exact but we usually round up

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1 pint = ___ ounces (oz)

16 ounces (oz)

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1 pound (lb) = ___ ounces (oz)

16 ounces (oz)

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1 quart = ___ ounces (oz)

32 ounces (oz)

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1 Tablespoon (T/tbl) = ___ milliliters (mL)

15 milliliters (mL)

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1 teaspoon (t) = ___ milliliters (mL)

5 milliliters (mL)

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2.2 pounds (lbs) = ___ kilogram (kg)

1 kilogram (kg)

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2.54 centimeters (cm) = ___ inch

1 inch

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4 quarts = ___ Gallon

1 Gallon

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5 milliliters (mL) = ___ teaspoon (t)

1 teaspoon (t)

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8 ounces (oz) = ___ cup

1 cup

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10 millimeters (mm) = ___ centimeter (cm)

1 centimeter (cm)

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12 inches = ___ foot

1 foot

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15 milliliters (mL) = ___ Tablespoon (T/tbl)

1 Tablespoon (T/tbl)

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16 ounces (oz) = ___ pint

1 pint

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16 ounces (oz) = ___ pound (lb)

1 pound (lb)

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30 milliliters (mL) = ___ ounce (oz)

1 ounce (oz) note 29.5735 mL to be exact but we usually round up

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32 ounces (oz) = ___ quart

1 quart

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60 milligrams (mg) = ___ grain (gr)

1 grain (gr)

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1000 grams (gm) = ___ kilogram (kg)

1 kilogram (kg)

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1000 micrograms (mcg) = milligram (mg)

1 milligram (mg)

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1000 milligrams (mg) = ___ gram (gm)

1 gram (gm)

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1000 milliliters = ___ Liters (L)

1 Liter (L)

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1000 millimeters (mm) = ___ meter (m)

1 meter (m)

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ā

Before

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a.m.a

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A&O

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Abd

Abdomen

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ABG

Arterial blood gas

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AC, a.c., ac

Before meals

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At liberty or as desired

For Example: A patient may be permitted to move out of bed freely and orders would, therefore, be for activities to be ad lib

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American Diabetes Association

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Antidiuretic hormone

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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Activities of daily living

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AIDS

Acquired immune deficiency syndrome

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AKA

Above the knee amputation

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amp

Ampule

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Anuric

Not producing urine. Requires dialysis.

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APC

Ambulatory Patient Care

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ARDS

Acute respiratory distress syndrome

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ARF

Acute renal (kidney) failure

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BE

Barium enema

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BID, bid, b.i.d.

Twice daily

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BKA

Below the knee amputation

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BM

Bowel movement

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BMP

Basic metabolic panel

Electrolytes (Potassium, Sodium, Carbon Dioxide, and Chloride) and Creatinine and Glucose

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BP

Blood pressure

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BPH

Benign prostatic hypertrophy

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BR

Bed rest

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BRP

Bathroom privileges

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BS

Blood sugar

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BUN

Blood urea nitrogen

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BW

Body Weight

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BX, bx

Biopsy

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With

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C/O, c/o

Complaint of

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C&S

Culture and sensitivity

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CA, ca, Ca

Cancer, carcinoma

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Ca++

Calcium

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CABG

Coronary artery bypass graft

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Coronary artery disease

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cap

Capsule

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CAT

Computerized axial tomography

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Cath

Catheter, catheterize

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Cath Lab

Heart Catheterization Laboratory

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CBC

Complete blood count

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CBI

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CBR

Complete bed rest

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CC

Chief complaint. The patient's main concern.

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cc

Cubic centimeters. Dangerous abbreviation mistaken for 00.

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CCMS

Clean catch midstream

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CCU

Clean catch urine OR cardiac care unit

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CCU

Coronary Care Unit

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CDB

Cough, deep breathe

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CDC

Center of disease control

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Chem panel

Chemistry panel. A comprehensive screening blood test that indicates the status of the liver, kidneys, and electrolytes.

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CHF

Congestive heart failure

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cm

Centimeter

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CNS

Central nervous system

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COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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CPAP

Continuous positive airway pressure. A treatment for sleep apnea.

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CSF

Cerebrospinal fluid

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CT

Chemotherapy OR computerized tomography

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CVA

Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)

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