Common Medical Abbreviations & Terms
Medical Author: William C. Shiel, Jr, MD, FACP, FACR
Medical Author: Jay W. Marks, MD
Wondering why you can't read what the doctor wrote on your prescription? Ever see the doctor's notes in your medical record and found peculiar abbreviations and jargon? Doctors commonly use a variety of abbreviations in order to rapidly and succinctly record information about, and give instructions to, their patients. Below is a listing of many common terms and abbreviations defined so that you can decipher those charts!
a.c.: Before meals. As in taking a medicine before meals.
a/g ratio: Albumin to globulin ratio.