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Abbreviation Definition
A Top ↑
aa of each
A/C/G/N\A Alcohol/Cocaine/Gambler/Narcotics\Anonymous
Ab abortion
ac before meals
AD/HD Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
ad lib freely
AEB as evidenced by
AF afebrile
AKA also known as; above knee amputation
AIDS Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AMA against medical advice; American Medical Association; advanced maternal age
APA American Psychiatric/Psychological Association
ASA acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin)
ASHD arteriosclerotic heart disease
AWOL Absent without (official) leave
A&D alcohol & drug
A&Ox4 alert and oriented x 4 (person, place, time, & situation)
B Top ↑
BAL blood-alcohol level
BDZ benzodiazepine
BHO behavioral health organization
b.i.d. twice daily
B/Os blackouts
BP blood pressure
BPD borderline personality D/O
BRP bath/breakroom privileges
BSO Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy
BTL Bilateral Tubal Ligation
bx biopsy/behavior
BVMGT Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test
C Top ↑
c with
C Caucasian
Ca cancer
CA chronological age
CABG Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
CAT/CT Computerized Transverse Tomography (scan)
C/R/WBC complete/red/white blood count
cc cubic centimenter (= 1 mL)
CC chief complaint
CD chemical dependence
CHF congestive heart failure
CHI closed head injury
CIT Crisis Intervention Team
CM case management
CNS central nervous system
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
C/O care of; complained of
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CPT Coder's Procedural Terminology
CPZ Compazine
CSF cerebrospinal fluid
CVA cardiovascular accident (stroke)
Cx cancel
D Top ↑
dba doing business as
DID Dissociative Identity D/O (see also MPD)
DIMS D/O's of Initiating and Maintaining Sleep
D.M. Diabetes Milletus
DNKA did not keep appointment
DOC drug of choice
D.O.N. Director of Nursing
D/O disorder
DSM-# Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, # edition (APA); e.g. "DSM-IV"
DSG dressing
DST Dexamethasone Suppresion Test
DT's delirium tremens
Dx diagnosis
Dz disease
E Top ↑
EAP Employee Assistance Program
EC ASA Enteric Coated Aspirin
EC(K)G Electrocardiogram
ECT Electroconvulsive Therapy
EEG Electroencephalograph
e.g. for example
EMG Electromyography
EOM Extra Ocular Movements
EP Elopement Precautions
EPS Extrapyramidal Signs
ER Emergency Room
et and
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
ETOH Ethyl Alcohol
F Top ↑
FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
FB's Flashbacks
FICA Federal Insurance Contribution Act
FMLA Family Medical Leave Act
FOI Flight of ideas; Fund of information
f/u follow up
FUO Fever of unknown origin
Fx Fracture
Fxn Functioning
G Top ↑
g general intelligence factor
GERD gastroesophageal reflux D/O
GI Gastrointestinal
gp Group (Therapy)
GSR Galvanic Skin Response (Skin Conductance)
gtt a drop
H Top ↑
HA headache
HCFA Healthcare Finance Administration
HEENT Head, Ear, Eyes, Nose, Throat
HI Homocidal Ideation
HIV human immunodeficiency virus (infection)
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HNP Herniated Nucleus Pulposis (and low back pain)
HOB Head of bed/Handrails of bed
HPT Hypertension, see also HTN
/HPF per High Powered Field
H.S. at bedtime (hour of sleep)
HTN Hypertension; see also HPT
HX History
hypo hypodermic
I Top ↑
i.e. that is
IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome
I/RBW Ideal/Recommended (or Reasonable) Body Weight
ICD - # CM International Classification of Diseases - # Coding Manual; e.g. ICD-9 CM
ICF Intermediate Care Facility
IDEA/IDEIA Individuals with Disabilities Education (Improvement) Act (of 2004)
IEP Individualized Education Program
IM Intramuscular
IMI Imipramine
I&O Intake & output
IPA Independent (or Individual) Practice Association
IPO Initial Public Offering
IQ Intelligence Quotient
IT Individual Therapy
IUP Intrauterine Pregnancy
IV Intravenous
K Top ↑
KSW Knife Stab Wound
L Top ↑
Li+ Lithium
LOA Leave of Absence; Looseness of Association
LOC Loss of Consciousness/Level of Care
LOS Length of Stay
L/R U/L E/L/Q Left/Right Upper/Lower Extremity/Lobe/Quardrant
M Top ↑
MA Mental Age
MAR Medication Administration Record
MCO Managed Care Organization
MCMI Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory
MDI Manic Depressive Illness (Bipolar D/O)
MFG Multifamily Group
MH Mental Health
MI Myocardial Infarction; Mental Ilness
MMPI Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory
MMY Mental Measurements Yearbook (Buros)
MOT Mandatory Outpatient Treatment
MPD Multiple Personality D/O (see also "DID")
MR Mental Retardation
MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
MSE Mental Status Exam
MVA Motor Vehicle Accident
MVP Mitral Valve Prolapse
N Top ↑
NAD No Acute Distress
NAS diet No added salt diet 
NC/NS No Call/No Show
NCS No Concentrated Sugars (diet)
NFI/D Not Following Instructions/Directions
NKM/DA No Known Medication/Drug Allergies
NMS Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
NOS Not Otherwise Specified
n.p.o. nothing by mouth
N.S. Nurse's Station
NSR Normal Sinus Rhythm
NTE Not to exceed
NTG Nitroglycerin
nx next
O Top ↑
o without
OBS Organic Brain Syndrome
OCD Obsessive Compulsive D/O
OD Overdose
OOA/B/T out of (assigned) area/bed/town
OP Tx Outpatient Treatment
OOS Out of Sequence
OOT Out of Town
OTC Over the Counter
P Top ↑
p after
Pb Phenobarbital
PC Presenting Complaint
PCH Probable Cause Hearing
PCN Penicillin
PCP Phencyclidine
PERRLA Pupils Equal, Round and Reactive to Light and Accommodation
PHO Physician Hospital Organization
PID Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (Salpingitis)
p.o. by mouth
POS Point of Service
PPO/N Preferred Provider Organization/Network
PRN whenever needed
Pt(s) Patient(s)
PTA Prior to Admission; Post Trauma Amnesia
PUD Peptic Ulcer Disease
Q Top ↑
q every
Q. Query/Question
qd/h/min every day/hour/minutes
q.i.d. four times a day
q.o.d. every other day
QR Quiet Room
R Top ↑
RIT Rorschach Inkblot Technique
ROM Range of Motion
RPR Rapid Plasma Reagin
RTB Return(ed) to Bed
RTC Return to Clinic; Residential Treatment Center.
RTI Response to Intervention.
Rx Prescription
Rxn Reaction
S Top ↑
s without
SDAT Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type
SI Suicidal Ideation
SIDS Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
SLE Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
SOB Shortness of Breath
SOR Seclusion or Restraint(s)
s.o.s. once if necessary
SP Suicidal Precautions
S/P Status Post
ss a half
SS(N)RI Selective Serotonin (Norepinephrine) Reuptake Inhibitor
STAT immediately
STD Sexually Transmitted Disease
STS Serologic Test(s) for Syphilis
SVT Supraventricular Tachycardia
SxS Signs and Symptoms
Sz Seizure
T Top ↑
TAH Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
TAT Thematic Apperception Test
TB Tuberculosis
TBS tablespoon
TCA Tricyclic Antidepressant
TCN Tetracycline
THC Tetrahydrocannabinol (Marijuana)
TIAs Transient Ischemic Attacks
t.i.d. three times a day
TLE Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
TMJ Temporomandibular joint (pain)
TNTC Too Numerous to Count
T.O. Time Out; Telephone Order
TP Therapeutic Pass
TSP teaspoon
TTV Therapeutic Trial Visit
Tx Treatment
U Top ↑
UA Urinalysis
UDS Urine Drug Screen
UFN Until Further Notice
UR/M Utilization Review/Management
URI Upper Respiratory Infection
UTA Unable to assess
UTI Urinary Tract Infection
V Top ↑
VDRL Venereal DZ research laboratory test
V.O. Verbal Order
W Top ↑
w/ with
WAIS-? Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Version; e.g. WAIS-III
WBT Wellbutrin
WD Well Developed
W/E Weekend
WISC-? Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Version; e.g. WISC-IV
WN Well Nourished
WNL Within Normal Limits
X Top ↑
X Time
X with bar Mean or average
x/c Except
Y Top ↑
Y/O year(s) old






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DISCLAIMER:This listing is the result of the author compiling entries found in the review of literally thousands of clinical records of psychiatric patients (child, adolescent, adult, geriatric) hospitalized in 9 states in the United States of America since 1995, and selections from Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. It is offered as an aid and not as a exhaustive source for all clinical abbreviations. Consult your provider if there is any contradictory information or if you need clarification. If you do not have a provider, you can contact your local Mental Health Society or State/Provincial Department of Mental Health. This list was developed by the author, Vance Stewart, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. Psychologists are not medical doctors. The statements above are meant to serve as a form of legal notice of protection against misuse.