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FGlossary Home
FFahrenheit
also female
also finger
F.A.first aid
F.B.foreign body
f.f.force fluid
FAfluorescent antibody
FANA see ANAfluorescent antinuclear antibody test
FASDsfetal alcohol spectrum disorders
FBCfull blood count
FBSfasting blood sugar
FCAfracture, complete, angulated
FCCfracture, complete, comminuted
also fracture, compound, comminuted
FCCCfracture, complete, comminuted, compound
FCDfracture, complete, deviated
FDfully dilated
FDAFood and Drug Administration
FDPfibrin degradation product
also flexor digitorum profundus
FDSflexor digitorum superficialis
Fe def.iron deficiency
FECfreestanding emergency center
FEFforced expiratory flow
FEKG or FECGfetal electrocardiogram
fem.femoral
fem. pop.femoral popliteal
fet.fetal
FEVforced expiratory volume
FEV1forced expiratory volume in 1 second
FFPfresh frozen plasma
FGCfull gold crown
FHfamily history
also fetal heart
fhfundal height
FHRfetal heart rate
FHR-UCfetal heart rate - uterine contraction
FHSfetal heart sounds
FHTfetal heart tones
FiO2faction of inspired oxygen concentration
fl.fluids
fl. dr.fluid dram
fl. oz.fluid ounce
flac.flaccid
fld.fluid
flex.flexion
also flexor
FMfinger movement
FNAfine needle aspirate
FNABfine-needle aspiration biopsy
FOBfecal occult blood
FOOSHfell on outstretched hand
FOSfull of stool/constipated
FPALfull term premature abortion living
FPMfull passive movement
FRfracture
also frequency of respiration
also full range
fract.fractional
FRBBfracture of both bones
FRCfunctional residual capacity
FRJMfull range of joint movement
FROMfull range of motion
also full range of movement
FSfinger stick
FSCfracture, simple comminuted
FSCCfracture, simple, complete, comminuted
FSEDfreestanding emergency department
FSHfollicle stimulating hormone
FTfull term
FTDfailure to descend
also frontotemporal dementia
FTNDfull term normal delivery
FTSGfull thickness skin graft
FTTfailure to thrive
FTWfast-twitch white (skeletal muscle)
FU or F/Ufollow-up
FUBfunctional uterine bleeding
FUOfever of unknown/undetermined origin
FVCforced vital capacity
FWfetal weight
Fxfracture
FXBBfracture of both bones
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or gmgram
or GRAVgravida (Lat. pregnant)
G&Sgroup and save
G.A.general anesthesia
G.C.gonococcus
G.H.growth hormone
G/Egastroenteritis
G/Mgranulocyte/macrophage
g/mlgrams per milliliter
G/Pgravida/para
G/Wglucose and water
GAgastric analysis
also general anaesthetic/anesthesia
also general appearance
also gestational age
GABAgamma-aminobutyric acid
Galgallon
GBgallbladder
also Guillain-BarrZ (syndrome)
GBEFgallbladder ejection fraction
GBMglioblastoma multiforme
GBSgallbladder series
GCgeneral condition
also gonococcal
also gonococcus
GC/MSgas chromatography/mass spectrometry
GCPgood clinical practice (guidelines)
GCRPgood clinical research practice
GCSGlasgow Coma Scale
GCTgerm cell tumor
GDMgestational diabetes mellitus
GEgastroenteritis
also Gastroenterology
also gastroesophageal
GEDgastric emptying duration
also Graves' eye disease
gengeneral
GERgastroesophageal reflux
GERDgastroesophageal reflux disease
gest.gestation
GFRglomerulo filtration rate
GGTgamma-glutamyl transpeptidase
GIgastrointestinal
GLPgood laboratory practice
glucglucose
Gm- or GNgram negative
gm.%grams per 100 c.c.
Gm+ or GPgram positive
GMAgrand mal attack
GNglomerulonephritis
GNCgeneral nursing care
GOTgoal of treatment
GPgeneral paralysis
also general practice
also General Practitioner
also Goodpasture (syndrome)
GPAGoodpasture antigen
GPPgood pharmacy practice
gr.grains (dosage)
Grav.pregnancy
GSSGerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker syndrome
GSWgunshot wound
gt.drop
Gt. tr.gait training
GTNglycerol trininitrate
GTTglucose tolerance test
gtt.drops
GUgenitourinary
GVH or GvHDgraft versus host disease
GYNGynecology
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Hhistory
also hydrogen
also hypodermic
hhour
H&Chot and cold
H&Phistory and physical
h.d.at bedtime
H.O.house officer
H.R.S.T.heat, reddening, swelling, tenderness
h/ohistory of
H+hydrogen ion
H2Owater
H2O2hydrogen peroxide
HA or H/Aheadache
HAFhyperalimentation fluid
HASCVDhypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease
HBheart block
Hb. or Hgbhemoglobin
HBPhigh blood pressure
hbsehuman behavior and social environment
HBVhepatitis B virus
HChead circumference
HCGhuman chorionic gonadotropin
Hct.hematocrit
HCVDhypertensive cardiovascular disease
Hdhead
also Hodgkin's diseasee (lymphoma)
HDLhigh density lipproteins (cholesterol)
HEADShome, education/employment, activities, drugs, and sexuality (triage technique for adolescent histories)
HEENThead, eyes, ears, nose, throat
HEENT see EENThead, ear, eye, nose and throat
HELLPhemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count (syndrome)
HemHematology
Hem Prohematology profile
Hep. LockHeparin lock
hern.hernia
hgbhemoglobin
HGOhepatic glucose output
HHhealth history
HH or HOHhard of hearing
HIDAhepatobiliary (scan)
HIEhypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
hist.histology
also history
HIVhuman immunodificiency virus
HKAFOhip knee ankle foot orthosis
HLAhistocompatibility leukocyte focus
also human leukocyte group A
HMhand movement/motion
HMDhyaline membrane disease
HMGhuman menopausal gonadotropin
HNPherniated nucleus pulposus
HNPCChereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer
HOBhead of bed
HOCMhypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
horiz.horizontal
HPChistory of presenting complaint
hpfhigh power field
HPIhistory of present illness
HPLhuman placental lactogen
HRheart rate
HRThormone replacement therapy
HS or h.s.at bedtime (Lat. hora somni)
HSDDhypoactive sexual desire order
HSGhysterosalpingography
HSVherpes simplex virus
Htheart
also height
HT or HTNhypertension
HVDhypertensive vascular disease
Hxhistory
Hyperal.hyperalimenation
hypohypodermically
Hzhertz (cycles/second)
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Iradioactive iodine
I&Dincision and drainage
I&Ointake and output
i.c.between meals (Lat. inter cenam)
also intracutaneous(ly)
i.d.during the day
I.U.International Unit
I/Eexpiratory
also inspiratory
IAInferior Alveolar (oral injection site)
also intra-arterially
IABPintra-aortic balloon pump
IBDinflammatory bowel disease
ICCUintensive coronary care unit
ICDimplantable cardioverter defibrillator
ICFintracellular fluid
ICPintracranial pressure
ICSintercostal space
ICTinsulin coma therapy
ICUintensive care unit
IDidentification
also Infectious Disease
also intradermal
IDDMinsulin dependent diabetes mellitus, type I
IDETintradiscal electrothermal annuloplasty
IDLintermediate density lipoprotein
Igimmunoglobulin
IgAimmunoglobulin A
IgEimmunoglobulin E
IgGimmunoglobulin G (Gamma Globulin)
IgMimmunoglobulin M
IHinfectious hepatitis
IHDischemic heart disease
ILVENinflammatory linear verrucous epidermal nevus (naevus)
IMinfectious mononucleosis
also intramedullary
also intramuscular
IMCUintermediate medical care unit
IMPinpatient multidimensional psych scale
imp.impression
IMVintermittent mandatory ventilation
In.inches
Inc. ABincomplete abortion
incr.increased(ing)
Inev. ABinevitable abortion
infinferior
also infusion
inhal.inhalation
injinjection
also injured
INRcoagulant response time
also International Normalization Rate
inspirinspiration
also inspiratory
instillinstillation
int.internal
INTHCintrathecally
IOinferior oblique
IONischemic optic neuropathy
IOPintraocular pressure
IPintraperitoneal
IPCintermittent pneumatic compression
IPJinterphalangeal joint
IPPBintermittent positive pressure breathing
IQintelligence quota
IRDSidiopathic respiratory distress syndrome
irreg.Irregular
ISintercostal space
ISTinsulin shock therapy
ITPidiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura
IUCintrauterine catheter
IUCDintrauterine contraceptive device
IUDintrauterine device
IUFDintrauterine fetal death
IUGRintrauterine growth retardation
IUPintrauterine pregnancy
IUTPintrauterine term pregnancy
IVintravenous
also intravenously
IVCinferior vena cava
also intravenous cholangiogram
IVDintervertebral disc
IVIintravenous infusion
IVPintravenous pyelogram
IVPBintravenous piggy back
IVUintravenous urogram
IVUSintravascular ultrasound
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Jjoint
J-PJackson Pratt drain
JRAjuvenile rheumatoid arthritis
jt.joint
JVPjugular venous pulse
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Kkidney
also potassium
KC1potassium chloride
Kcal.Kilocalorie
KCOtransfer factor for carbon monoxide
Kg.kilogram
KJknee jerk
KKknee kick
KS(17-) or 17KS17 ketosteroids
KSSKearns-Sayre syndrome
KUBkidney, ureter, bladder (x-ray)
KVOkeep vein open
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Lleft
also light
also liter
also liver
also lower
also syphillis (Lat. lues)
also lumbar
L & Wliving and well
L&Dlabor and delivery
L.E.lower extremities
L.N.lymph node
L.O.C.laxative of choice
also level of consciousness
also loss of consciousness
L.S.lumbosacral
l/minliter per minute
L2, L3second, third lumbar vertebrae
LAleft antrum
lab.laboratory
lac.laceration
lacr.lacrimal
lact.lactic
LADleft anterior descending (coronary artery)
also left axis deviation
also lymphadenopathy
LAEleft atrial enlargement
lam.laminectomy
LANlymphadenopaty
lap.laparotomy
lat.lateral
LAVHlaparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
laxlaxative
LBlarge bowel
lb.pound
LBBBleft bundle branch block
LBPlower back pain
LBWlow birth weight
LCAleft coronary artery
LDlethal dose
LDHlactic dehydrogenase
LDLlow density lipoprotein (cholesterol)
LElupus erythematosus
leuc.leukocytes
LFlow flap
also low forceps
LFAleft frontoanterior
LFDlow forceps delivery
LFPleft frontoposterior
LFTleft frontotransverse
also liver function test
lglarge
also leg
LGAlarge for gestational age
LGVlymphogranuloma venereum
LHluteinizing hormone
LHRHluteinizing hormone-releasing hormone
LHTleft hypertrophia
LICSleft intercostal space
lig.ligament
LIHleft inguinal hernia
liq.liquid
LKS see LSKliver, kidneys, spleen
LLlower lid
LLElower left extremity
LLGleft lateral gaze
LLLlower left lobe (lung)
LLQlower left quadrant (abdomen)
LMAleft mentoanterior
LMDfamily doctor
LMLleft mediolateral
LMPlast menstrual period
also left mentoposterior
LMTleft mentotransverse
LNMPlast normal menstrual period
LOAleft occiput anterior
LOMleft otitis media
LOPleft occipital posterior
LOSlength of stay
LOTleft occiput anterior
LPlight perception
also lumbar puncture
lpflow power field
LPNlicensed practical nurse
LRlabor room
also lateral rectus
also light reflex
LRILimbal relaxing incisions
LRQlower right quadrant
Ls.loose
LSAlateral sacrum anterior
LSBleft sternal border
LSCSlower segment Cesarean section
LSOleft salpingo-oophorectomy
LSPleft sacrum posterior
LSTleft sacrum transverse
Lt.left
also light
LTCSlow transverse Cesarean section
LUEleft upper extremity
LULleft upper lobe
LUQleft upper quadrant
LUTSlower urinary tract symptoms
LVleft ventricle
LVEDPleft ventricular end diastolic pressure
LVFleft ventricular failure
LVHleft ventricular hypertrophy
LWCTcoagulation time
also Lee-White Clotting Time
Lymphslymphocytes
lyteselectrolytes

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