Medical Acronyms

Alphabetical Listing of Medical Acronyms

  • NKHC — Non-Ketotic Hyperglycemic Coma
  • NKHHC — NonKetonic Hyperglycemic-Hyperosmolar Coma
  • NKMA — No Known Medcation Allergies
  • NOS — Not Otherwise Specified
  • NPA — Nasopharyngeal Airway
  • NPD — Nightly Peritoneal Dialysis
  • NPO — Nothing By Mouth
  • NPQ — Not Physically Qualified
  • NS — Normal Saline (IV)
  • NSAID — Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug
  • NSR — Normal Sinus Rythym (cardiac)
  • NT — NasoTracheal
  • NTD — Neural Tube Defect
  • NV — Nausea & Vomiting
  • NWB — NON-WEIGHT BEARING
  • NYD — Not Yet Diagnosed
  • O2 — Oxygen
  • OD — Right Eye
  • OD — Overdose
  • OGTT — Oral Glucose Tolerance Test
  • OPA — Oropharyngeal Airway
  • ORIF — Open Reduction Internal Fixation
  • OS — Left Eye
  • OU — Both Eyes
  • PABA — Para-Aminobenzoic Acid
  • PABA — Para-aminobenzoic Acid
  • PAD — Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • PC — After Meals
  • PCA — Patient Controlled Analgesia
  • PCN — Penicillin
  • PCV — Packed Cell Volume
  • PD — Peritoneal Dialysis
  • PDA — Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • PDD — Pervasive Development Disorder
  • PDR — Physician’s Desk Reference
  • PE — Pulmonary Edema / Embolism
  • PEG — Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
  • PEG — Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
  • PEJ — Percutaneous Endoscopic Jejunostomy
  • PERL — Pupils Equal, Round, Reactive To Light
  • PERRLA — Pupils Equal, Round, Reactive To Light And Accommodation
  • PET — Positron Emission Tomography
  • PFT — Pulmonary Function Test
  • PG — Prostaglandin
  • PH — Past History
  • PH — Concentration of Hydrogen Ions
  • PH.D. — Doctorate of Philosophy
  • PI — Present Illness
  • PI — Present Illness
  • PICC — Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheter
  • PID — Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • PM — ParaMedic
  • PMHX — Prior/Previous Medical History
  • PMI — Point of Maximal Impulse
  • PMS — Peripheral Motor (nervous) System
  • PNB — Pulseless Not Breathing
  • PND — Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea
  • PNH — Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • PNS — Peripheral Nervous System
  • PO — By Mouth / Per Oral
  • PO — By Mouth
  • PO2 — Partial Pressure of O2
  • POTS — POSTURAL ORTHOSTATIC TACHYCARDIA SYNDROME
  • PPV — Positive Pressure Ventilation
  • PR — Per Rectum
  • PRBC — Packed Red Blood Cells
  • PRN — (pro Re Nata) AS NEEDED
  • PS — Pyloric Stenosis
  • PSA — Prostate Specific Antigen
  • PSA — Prostate Check
  • PSVT — Paroxysmal Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia
  • PT — Prothrombin Time
  • PTCA — Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
  • PTT — Partial Thromboplastin Time
  • PUD — Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • PVD — Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • PWB — PARTIAL WEIGHT BEARING
  • PX — Pneumothorax
  • QD — Everyday
  • QD — Everyday
  • QID — Four Times A Day
  • QNS — Quantity Not Sufficient
  • QOD — Every Other Day
  • QS — Quantity Sufficient
  • RA — Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • RA — Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • RAD — Reactive Airway Disease
  • RAI — Radioactive Iodine
  • RAIU — Radioactive Iodine Uptake
  • RCA — Right Coronary Artery
  • RDW — Red Cell Distribution Width
  • REEDA — Redness
  • RHD — Rheumatic Heart Disease
  • RIJ — Right Internal Jugular
  • RLQ — Right Lower Quadrant
  • RM — Respiratory Movement
  • RM — Respiratory Movement
  • ROM — Range of Motion
  • ROS — Review of Systems
  • RSC — Right Subclavian

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