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a
before
abd
abdomen
ac
before meals (ante cibum)
ACE
angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE inhibitors treat hypertension)
ACL
anterior cruciate ligament (of knee)
ACS
acute coronary syndromes (myocardial infarction and unstable angina)
ACTH
adrenocorticotropic hormone (secreted by the pituitary gland)
ADD
attention deficit disorder
ADH
antidiuretic hormone (secreted by the pituitary gland)
ADHD
attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
ad lib
freely as desired (ad libitum)
AED
automatic external defibrillator
AICD
automatic implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
AIDS
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
ALL
acute lymphocytic leukemia
alk phos
alkaline phosphatase (enzyme elevated in liver disease)
ALS
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig disease)
ALT
alanine transminase (enzyme elevated in liver disease); formerly called SGPT
AMI
acute myocardial infarction
AML
acute myelocytic (myelogenous) leukemia
AP
anteroposterior (front to back)
A&P
auscultation and percussion
aq
water (aqua)
ASD
atrial septal defect
ASHD
arteriosclerotic heart disease
AST
aspartate transaminase (elevated in liver and heart disease); formerly called SGOT
AV
arteriovenous; atrioventricular
bid
twice a day (bis in die)
BM
bowel movement
BP
blood pressure
BPH
benign prostatic hypertrophy (hyperplasia)
Bronch
bronchoscopy
bs
blood sugar; bowel sounds; breath sounds
BSO
bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BUN
blood urea nitrogen (test of kidney function)
Bx
biopsy
c
with (cum)
CABG
coronary artery bypass graft
CAD
coronary artery disease
CAPD
continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis
cath
catherization
CBC
complete blood count
cc
cubic centimeter
CC
chief complaint
CCU
coronary care unit; critical care unit
CF
cystic fibrosis
Chemo
chemotherapy
CHF
congestive heart failure
Chol
cholesterol
CKD
chronic kidney disease
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