List of Common Medical Abbreviations & Terminology (cont.)

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b.i.d.: Twice daily. As in taking a medicine twice daily.

Bandemia: Slang for elevated level of band forms of white blood cells.

Bibasilar: At the bases of both lungs. For example, someone with a pneumonia in both lungs might have abnormal bibasilar breath sounds.

BKA: Below the knee amputation.

BMP: Basic metabolic panel. Electrolytes (potassium, sodium, carbon dioxide, and chloride) and creatinine and glucose.

BP: Blood pressure. Blood pressure is recorded as part of the physical examination. It is one of the "vital signs."

BSO: Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. A BSO is the removal of both of the ovaries and adjacent Fallopian tubes and often is performed as part of a total abdominal hysterectomy.


C&S: Culture and sensitivity, performed to detect infection.

C/O: Complaint of. The patient's expressed concern.

cap: Capsule.

CBC: Complete blood count.

CC: Chief complaint. The patient's main concern.

cc: Cubic centimeters. For example, the amount of fluid removed from the body is recorded in ccs.

Chem panel: Chemistry panel. A comprehensive screening blood test that indicates the status of the liver, kidneys, and electrolytes.

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

CVA: Cerebrovascular accident (Stroke).


D/C or DC: Discontinue or discharge. For example, a doctor will D/C a drug. Alternatively, the doctor might DC a patient from the hospital.

DDX: Differential diagnosis The variety diagnostic possibilities being considered.

DM: Diabetes mellitus.

DNC, D&C, or D and C: Dilation and curettage. Widening the cervix and scrapping with a curette for the purpose of removing tissue lining the inner surface of the womb (uterus).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/13/2015