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mmale
also married
also mass
also meter
also molar
also mother
also murmur
m.minim
m.a.s.patient is disagreeable and uncooperative
m.b.mix well
m.g.r.murmurs, gallops, or rubs
M.R.D.medical records department
M.R.L.medical record librarian
M.T.medical technologist/technician
also muscles and tendons
MAmental age
MACmicrocytic adnexal carcinoma
mac.macerated
MACEmajor adverse clinical event
macro.macrocytic
also macroscopic
MAEmajor arrhythmic events
MALmalignant
MAPmean arterial pressure
max.maxillary
also maximum
MBCmaximum breathing capacity
mcg.microgram
MCHmean corpuscular hemoglobin
MCHCmean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration
MCImild cognitive impairment
MCLmidclavicular line
MCPmetacarpophalangeal joint
mCRPCmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer
MCSmultiple chemical sensitivity
MCVmean corpuscular volume
MDmuscular dystrophy
MDImetered dose inhaler
Mdnt.midnight
MDSmyelodysplastic syndrome
MEmedical examiner
also middle ear
MECmedical emergency clinic
mecmeconium
MEDminimum effective dose
Med.medicine
MENmultiple endocrine neoplasia
mEq./lmilliequivalents per liter
MERRFmyoclonic epilepsy with ragged red muscle fibers
MERSMiddle East respiratory syndrome
METmetabolic equivalent
Mets.metastasis
MGmyasthenia gravis
Mg.magnesium
mg.milligram
mg.%;milligrams per 100 cc
mg/dlmilligrams per deciliter
MGCTmalignant granular cell tumor
MGFmaternal grandfather
MGGFmaternal great grandfather
MGJmucogingival Junction
MHmarital history
MHC or HLAmajor histocompatibility complex
micromicrocytic
also microscopic
MICUmedical intensive care unit
minminute
Mitr.Imitral insufficiency
Mlmitral insufficiency
also myocardial infarction
ml.milliliter
MLFmedial longitudinal fasciculus
MMmucous membrane
mmmuscles
mm.millimeter
MMPIMinnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
MmRMumps, measles, Rubella
Mn.manganese
also midnight
MNeo or MNplmalignant neoplasm
MOCmaintenance of certification
modmoderate
modsmultiple organ dysfunction syndrome
mol. wt.molecular weight
MOMmilk of magnesia
mono.monocyte
MPmetacarpophalangea
also metacarpophalangeal
MPAmalpractice attorney
MPSmononuclear phagocytic system
Mr.medial rectus
also mental retardation
also mitral regurgitation
MRAmagnetic resonance angiography
MRCPmagnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography
MRImagnetic resonance imaging
MRMmodified radical mastectomy
MRNmagnetic resonance neurography
mRNAmessenger RNA
MRSAMethicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
MRVmagnetic resonance venography
msmitral stenosis
MSmorphine sulfate
also multiple sclerosis
Msmurmurs
MSLmidsternal line
mssmassage
MSUmidstream urine
MTmetacarpophalangeal joint
MTBImild traumatic brain injury
mtDNAmitochondrial DNA
MVAmotor vehicle accident
MVDmicrovascular decompression
MVPmitral valve prolapse
MVRmitral valve replacement
MVVmaximum voluntary ventilation
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Nnormal
N&Vnausea and vomiting
N&Wnormal and well
n.nerve
N.P.Neuropsychiatry
N.S.nervous system
N/Anot applicable
N/Tnumbness & tingling
N2nitrogen
N2Onitrous oxide (anesthetic)
NAnot available
Nasodium
NaClsodium chloride
NADno abnormality detected
also no apparent distress
NAPneutrophil alkaline phosphatase
NBnewborn
nbnote well
NBM or n.p.o.nothing by mouth (Lat. nil per oris)
NBSnormal bowel sounds
also normal breath sounds
NCTnerve conduction test
NECnecrotising enterocolitis
NEDno evidence of disease
neg.negative
NERno evidence of recurrence
NERDno evidence of recurrent disease
Neur.Neurology
NGTnasogastric tube
NIno insurance
NICneonatal intensive care
NICUneonatal intensive care unit
NIDDMnon insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, type II
NIPno infection present
also no inflammation present
NKAno known allergies
NMneuromuscular
NMRnuclear magnetic resonance (scan)
noct.nocturnal
NOSnot otherwise specified
NPneuropsychiatric
NPDnarcissistic personality disorder
NPHnormal pressure hydrocephalus
also NPH insulin (Neutral Protamine Hagedorn/Zinc)
NPNnonprotein nitrogen (BUN and creatinine)
NSNeurosurgery
also nonspecific
Ns.nerves
NSAno significant abnormality
NSAIDnon-steriodal anti-inflammatory drug
NSCLCnon-small cell lung cancer
NSDnormal spontaneous delivery
NSRnormal sinus rhythm
NSTnon-stress test
NSVDnormal spontaneous vaginal delivery
NTGnitroglycerine
NTPnormal temperature and pressure
nullipnever gave birth
NVnext visit
NVDnausea, vomiting, diarrhea
NVDEneuro-vascular intact, distal extremity
NWBnon-weight bearing
NYDnot yet diagnosed
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onone
also without
Ooedema
also oral
O&Pova and parasites (stool exam)
O.pint
O.D.right eye (Lat. oculus dexter)
O.L.left eye (Lat. oculus sinister)
O.M.otitis media
O.S.left eye
O.T.occupational therapy
also old tuberculin
O/Doverdose
O/Eon examination
O2oxygen
O2 cap.oxygen capacity
O2 sat.oxygen saturation
OAosteoarthritis
OB or OBGObstetrics
OB/GYNObstetrics and Gynecology
Obsobservation
OBSorganic brain syndrome
OCon call
also oral contraceptive
OCC.occasional
also occipital
OCDObsessive-Compulsive Disorder
OCPoral contraceptive pill
odonce daily
OGTToral glucose tolerance test
OHoccupational history
also overhang (dental restoration)
OH(17-) or 17 OH17 hydroxy steroid
OHDorganic heart disease
OHIoral hygiene instruction
oint.ointment
OMSorganic mental syndrome
OOBout of bed
Op.operation
OPCoutpatient clinic
OPDoutpatient department
Ophth.Ophthalmology
opt.best (Lat. optimus)
ORopen reduction
also operating room
OR-IF or ORIFopen reduction with internal fixation
ORToperating room technician
Ortho.Orthopaedic Surgery
osbone (Lat. ossa)
also mouth (Lat. oris)
also opening
OSAobstructive sleep apnea
ot.ear
OTCover-the-counter (pharmaceuticals)
OtoOtolaryngology
OUboth eyes
also each eye (Lat. oculus uterqie)
OVoffice visit
OXPHOSoxidative phosphorylation
oz.ounce
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Pafter
also phosphorus
also pulse
p & apercussion and auscultation
P&NPsychiatry and Neurology
p.c.after meals (Lat. post cenam)
P.M.afternoon (Lat. post meridiem)
also post-mortem
p.o. or per/osby mouth (Lat. per oris)
p.o.d.postoperative day
p.r.per rectum
p.r.m.according to circumstances
p.r.n.as often as necessary (Lat. pro re nata)
P.T.physical therapy
also posterior tibial artery
also pulse
p/cpresenting complaint
P2pulmonic second heart sound
PAphysician's assistant
P-Aposteroanterior
PA viewposterioranterior view on x-ray
PA(S)Ppulmonary artery (systolic) pressure
PABApara-aminobenzoic acid
PACpremature atrial, auricular contraction
PaCO2arterial carbon dioxide tension pressure
PACUpost anesthesia care unit
PAFparoxysmal atrial fibrillation
palp.palpable
also palpate
also palpated
PANDASpediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococci
PaO2alveolar oxygen pressure
PapPapanicolaou test (pap smear)
PAPpulmonary artery pressure
Paraparaplegic
also prior births
paren.parenterally
PARUpost anesthesia recovery unit
PASp-aminosalicylic acid
also pulmonary artery systolic pressure
also parental alienation syndrome
PATparoxysm atrial tachycardia
also pregnancy at term
Path.Pathology
PAWPpulmonary artery wedge pressure
Pblead
PBperipheral blood
PBCprimary biliary cirrhosis
PBIprotein bound iodine
PBPsPenicillin-binding Proteins
PCApatient controlled anesthesia pump
PCLposterior cruciate ligament
PCO2carbon dioxide concentration
PCPpneumocystis carinii pneumonia
also primary care physician
PCRpolymerase chain reaction
PCVpacked cell volume (of blood)
PDperinatal death
also peritoneal dialysis
also pupillary distance
PDApatent ductus arteriosus
PDNprivate duty nurse
PDRPhysician's Desk Reference
pdr.powder
PEpelvic examination
also physical examination
also pulmonary embolism
PEApelvic examination under anesthesia
also pulseless electrical activity
Ped.Pediatrics
PEEPpositive end expiratory pressure
PEFRpeek expiratory flow rate
PEGpneumoencephalogram
PENPenicillin
perthrough
also by
periperineal
PERLApupils equal and responding to light & accomodation
PERRLApupils equal, round, reactive to light and accommodation (normal)
PETpositron emission tomography
PFpush fluids
PFCpersistent fetal circulation
PFMporcelain fused to metal
PFTpulmonary function test
PGpseudogout (chondrocalcinosis)
PGFpaternal grandfather
pHhydrogen ion concentration
also potential of hydrogen
PHpast history
also pulomnary hypertension
pharmpharmacy
PHNpostherpetic neuralgia
PHYS.physical
also physiology
PIpresent illness
also pulmonary insufficiency
PICAposterior inferior coronary artery
PICCperipherially inserted central catheter
PICUpulmonary intensive care unit
PICVApercutaneous in situ coronary venous arterialization
PIDpelvic inflammatory disease
PIHpregnancy-induced hypertension
PILperipheral intravenous line
PIPproximal interphalangeal (joint)
Pit.Pitocin
PJIprosthetic joint infection
PKUphenylkentonuria
Plac.placenta
plts.platelets
PMpetit mal
PM&RPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation
PMDprivate medical doctor
PMHpast medical history
pmlprogressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
PMNpolymorphonuclear
PMTpremenstrual tension
PNpoorly nourished
also practical nurse
also peripheral neuropathy
PNCpremature nodal contraction
also prenatal clinic
PNDparoxysmal nocturnal dyspnea
also post nasal drip
PNDDpostnatal developmental delay
pneu.pneumo
also pneumonia
PNIperipheral nerve injury
PNLprenatal labs
PNSperipheral nervous system
PNXpneumothorax
PO2oxygen pressure (or tension)
POCproduct of conception
pofpillow on face
POIpost operative instructions
polyspolymorphonuclear leukocytes
POMRproblem oriented medical record
PONVpostoperative nausea and vomiting
POPpelvic organ prolapse
poplit.popliteal
pos.positive
post.posterior
POSTOP.postoperative
pot. or Kpotassium
PPper protocol
pppost partum
also post prandial
PPBSpost prandial blood sugar
PPDpurified protein derivative (of tuberculin)
PPFprotein plasma fractional
PPHpost partum hemorrhage
also primary pulmonary hypertension
ppmparts per million
PPPperipheral pulses palpable
PPPGpost prandial plasma glucose
PPSplasma protein solution
pptpart per trillion
PRProctology
PRBCpacked red blood cells
PREprogressive resistive exercise
pre-oppreoperative
prempremature
PRESPosterior Reversible Encephalopathy syndrome
prep.prepare for/as
PRICEprotection, relative rest, ice, compression, elevation
primip.first pregnancy
PRKphotorefractive keratectomy
pro. timeprothrombin time
prod.productive
Prog.prognosis
PROMpassive range of motion
also premature rupture of membranes
pron.pronation
also pronator
pros.prostate
also prostatic
prosth.prosthesis
prot.protein
also Protestant
PrPprion protein
PRVpolycythaemia rubra vera
PSPlastic Surgery
also psychotic
also pulmonary stenosis
PSAPosterior Superior Alveolar (oral injection site)
also prostate-specific antigen
PSHpast surgical history
psipounds per square inch
PSMAprogressive spinal muscular atrophy
PSSprogressive systemic sclerosis
PSVpressure support ventilation
PSVTparoxysmal supraventricular tachycardia
Psych.Psychiatry
PTphysical therapy
also prothrombin time
pt.patient
PTApercutaneous, transluminal angioplasty
also prior to admission/arrival
PTBpatellar tendon bearing
PTCpercutaneous transhepatic, cholangiography
PTCApercutaneous transluminal coronary angiography
PTHparathyroid hormone
PTTpartial thromboplastin time
PTTKpartial thromboplastin time with kaolin
PTXpneumothorax
PUpregnancy urine
PUDpeptic ulcer disease
PUOpyrexia of unknown origin
PUPPPpruritic urticarial papules & plaques of pregnancy
PUVApsoralen ultraviolet A
PVper vaginam
also peripheral vascular
also plasma volume
PV bleedper vagina bleed
PVASIpelvic vascular injury
PVCpremature ventricular contraction
PVDperipheral vascular disease
PVLpostoperative visual loss
PVRProliferative Vitreal Retinopathy
also pulmonary vascular resistance
PVTprevious trouble
PWB%partial weight bearing with percent
PWSPrader-Willi syndrome
Pxphysical examination
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qeach/every (Lat. quaque)
q.d.once a day
also every day (Lat. quaque in die)
q.h.every hour
q.h.s.every bedtime
q.i.d.four times a day
q.i.w.four times a week
q.l.as much as desired
q.n.s. or QNSquantity not sufficient
q.o.d.every other day
q.o.n.every other night
q.p.as much as you please
q.q.each
also every (Lat. quaque)
q.q.h. or qqh or q4Hevery four hours (Lat. quaque quarta hora)
q.s.quantity sufficient
q.v.as much as you wish
q.w.every week
q2Hevery two hours
qhsonce in the evening (drug dosing)
qnevery night (Lat. quaque nox)
qt.quart
qts.drops
quad.quadriplegic
quant.quantitative
also quantity

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