A – Z Medical Abbreviations Full List for Students (PDF also Included)

A – Z Medical Abbreviations Full List for Students

Abbreviations are used in every field in order to save time or for distinction, medical abbreviations are also used in the medical field for easiness. There is no time for the people nowadays, so abbreviations are used instead of writing long sentences. But the use of the abbreviations sometimes causes confusion and difficulty for the other. The person that is out of the field finds difficulty to understand the medical abbreviation. So, for the person who are out of the field and the others who are fresher in the medical field, we have brought the list of medical abbreviation which will prove helpful to our readers.

Common Medical Abbreviation

Before learning the medical abbreviation you should know some rules about them:

    • The given list don’t use the periods in the acronyms and initialisms.
    • It uses period for some Latin abbreviations.
    • It uses singular abbreviation not plural.
    • It uses the capital letter for the words.

Medical Abbreviations Full name 
acc accommodation
AC adrenal cortex; air conduction; alternating current; axiocervical
a.c ac before a meal
ad lib. freely; as desired
A accommodation; acetum; angström unit; anode; anterior
AAA  abdominal aortic aneurysm
ACE Angiotensin Converting Enzyme
ACTH Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
ADH Antidiuretic Hormone
AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
ALT Alanine Aminotransferase
AST Aspartate Aminotransferase
AS Ankylosing spondylitis; aortic stenosis; auris sinistra (left ear)
As astigmatism
ASA acetylsalicylic acid
ASC atypical squamous cells
asc. ascending
ASCA anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibody
ASC-US atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance
ASCVD atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
ASD atrial septal defect
ASH hypermetropic astigmatism
AsM Myopic astigmatism
A ST Aspartate aminotransferase
A st Astigmatism
ATP Adenosine Triphosphate
a.m.a. against medical advice
AMI acute myocardial infarction
BCG Bacilli Chalmette Guerin
bid OR b.I.d Two times a day
BMR Basal Metabolic Rate
BP Blood Pressure
BSA Body Surface Area
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen
BR Bedside Round
BPD Borderline Personality Disorder
C Celsius, Centigrade, Complement
Ca Calcium
CAD coronary artery disease
CAMP Cyclic Adenosine Monophosphate
CBC Complete Blood Count
cGy Centigray
Ci curie
CK creatine kinase
Cl chloride; chlorine
cm centimeter


CNS Central Nervous System
CO2 Carbon dioxide
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CPK Creatine Phosphokinase
CPK-MB Creatine Phosphokinase Muscle Band isoenzyme
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CT Computed Tomography
Cu Cubic
c with
CVA Cerebrovascular accident; costovertebral angle: Cardiovascular accident
CVA Cerebrovascular accident; costovertebral angle: Cardiovascular accident
CSF cerebrospinal fluid; colony-stimulating factor
D & C dilation and curettage
dL deciliter
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
DOE Dyspnea on exertion
DTP diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis
DTR deep tendon reflex(es)
D/W dextrose in water
ECF Extracellular Fluid
ECG Electrocardiogram
ED emergency department Emergency department; effective dose; erythema dose; erectile dysfunction
EDD estimated date of delivery
EEG Electroencephalogram
ENT Ear Nose and Throat
ERCP Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
ESR Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
ETOH EtOH ethyl alcohol
F Fahrenheit
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Ft Foot; feet
FUO Fever of unknown origin
g Gram
GFR Glomerular filtration rate
GI Gastrointestinal
GVHD Graft Versus Host Disease
G6PD Glucose-6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase
GU Genitourinary
Gy gray
H Hour
Hb Hemoglobin
HCl Hydrochloric acid
HCO3 Bicarbonate
Hct Hematocrit
Hg mercury
HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HLA Human Leukocyte Antigen
HMG-CoA Hydroxymethyl Glutaryl coenzyme A
Hz hertz
hs at bedtime
ICF Intracellular fluid
ICU Intensive care unit
IgA Immunoglobin A
IL Interleukin
IM intramuscular
INR International normalized ratio
IPPB Intermittent positive pressure breathing
IU International unit
IV Intravenous
IVU Intravenous urography
K Potassium
Kcal kilocalorie
kg kilogram
L liter
LOC level/loss of consciousness
lb pound
LDH Lactic dehydrogenase
M molar
m meter
MCH Mean corpuscular hemoglobin
MCHC Mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration
mCi mCi
MCV Mean corpuscular volume
mEq Milliequivalent
Mg Magnesium
MI Myocardial infarction
MIC Minimum inhibitory concentration
mIU Milli-International Unit
mL Milliliter
mm Millimeter
mmol Millimole
mo Month
mol wt molecular weight
mOsm Milliosmole
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
N Nitrogen or Normal
Na Sodium
NaCl Sodium Chloride
Ng nanogram
nm nanometer
nmol nanomole
Npo Nothing By Mouth
NSAID Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug
O2 Oxygen
OTC Over-The-Counter
oz ounce
P Phosphorus; Pressure
PAco2 Alveolar Carbon Dioxide Partial Pressure
PAo2 Alveolar Oxygen Partial Pressure
Paco2 Arterial Carbon Dioxide Partial Pressure
Pao2 Arterial Oxygen Partial Pressure
PAS Periodic Acid-Schiff
Pco2 Carbon Dioxide Partial Pressure
PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction
PE physical examination; pulmonary embolism
PET Positron Emission Tomography
Pg picogram
PFT pulmonary function test
pH Hydrogen Ion Concentration
PMH Past medical history
PMN Polymorphonuclear Leukocyte
PND Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
PVC premature ventricular contraction
Po orally
Po2 Oxygen Partial Pressure
PPD purified protein derivative
ppm parts per million
qid 4 times a day
RA Rheumatoid Arthritis
S. sacral
SOB shortness of breath
SBE Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis
Tid 3 times a day
TPN Total Parenteral Nutrition
Tx treatment
US ultrasonic, ultrasound
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
μ Micro, micron
μCi microcurie
Μg microgram
μL microliter
μm micrometer
μmol micromole
μOsm micro-osmole

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Additional Medical Abbreviations

ATP Adenosine Triphosphate
Endo endocrine
ENT ear, nose, and throat
HD hearing distance
TPR temperature, pulse, and respiration
WNL within normal limits

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