The Pharmaceutics and Compounding Laboratory
Prescriptions and Medication Orders

Medical Abbreviations

AIDS Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
AMI acute myocardial infarction
ANS autonomic nervous system
AV atrial-ventricular
   
BM bowel movement
BP blood pressure
BPH Benign prostatic hyperplasia
BS blood sugar
BSA body surface area
BUN blood urea nitrogen
BW body weight
   
C centigrade
CA cancer
CA cardiac arrent
CBC complete blood count
CHF congestive heart failure
CMV Cytomegalovirus
CNS central nervous system
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CV cardiovascular
CVA cerebrovascular accident
   
DC discontinue
DI diabetes insipidus
DOB date of birth
DX diagnosis
   
EC enteric coated
EENT eyes, ears, nose, throat
EKG, ECG  
ER emergency room
   
GERD Gastroesophageal reflux disease
GI gastrointestinal
GYN gynecology
   
H hypodermic
HA headache
HBP high blood pressure
HCT hematocrit
HDL High density lipoprotein
HIV Human Immunodeficiency virus
   
IH Infectious hepatitis
IO, I/O fluid intake and output
   
LDL Low density lipoprotein
   
MDI metered dose inhaler
MI myocardial infarction
N&V nausea and vomiting
NK not known
NMT Nebulized mist treatment
NPO nothing by mouth
NVD nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
   
OD overdose
OTC over the counter
   
PUD peptic ulcer disease
RBC red blood count or red blood cell
   
RSV Respiratory syncytial virus
   
SOB shortness of breath
SZ seizue
   
T temperature
TB Tuberculosis
TPN total perenteral nutrition
   
U units
UA urinalysis
URI upper respiratory infection
UTI urinary tract infection
   
VD venereal disease
VS vital signs
   
WBC white blood count or white blood cell
WT weight
   
XX female sex chromosome
XY male sex chromosome