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MEDICAL ABBREVIATIONS

There are over 590 abbreviations listed in this glossary. Click the letter in the table below to reveal the abbreviation you're looking for. Contact us if you cannot locate an abbreviation.

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A
a artery - muscular blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart.
aa equal part of each
AA affected area
AAA abdominal aortic aneurysm - term used to describe a localized dilatation of the abdominal aorta.
AAD antibiotic-associated diarrhea - occurs when antibiotics disturb the natural balance of "good" and "bad" bacteria in your intestinal tract.
AAL anterior axillary line - an imaginary vertical line along the anterior axillary fold (crease of armpit).
AAO alert, awake, and oriented
A&O alert & oriented
AAS acute abdominal series - x-ray used to evaluate nontraumatic acute abdominal pain in adults.
AB abortion - the removal or expulsion of an embryo or fetus from the uterus, resulting in or caused by its death.
ABD abdomen - part of the body between the chest and the pelvis and encloses the stomach, intestines, liver, spleen, and pancreas.
ABG arterial blood gas - blood test performed to determine the concentration of oxygen, carbon dioxide, bicarbonate, pH, in the blood.
abs absent
AC before eating
ACTH adrenocorticotropic hormone - peptide hormone produced and secreted by the pituitary gland.
ADH anti diuretic hormone - hormone that is released when the body is low on water; causing the kidneys to conserve water.
ADL activities of daily living
ad lib as much as needed
ADR adverse drug reaction
AEA above elbow amputation
AED antiepileptic drug - used in prevention of the occurrence of epileptic seizures.
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome - symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by HIV.
ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease caused by the degeneration of motor neurons.
AMA against medical advice - checking yourself out of a hospital without doctor approval.
amb ambulate - walking
AMI acute myocardial infarction - commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a pa