Common Medical Abbreviations & Terms (cont.)
Ad lib: At liberty.
For example, a patient may be permitted to move out of bed
freely and orders would, therefore, be for activities to be ad lib.
AKA: Above the knee amputation.
Anuric: Not producing urine. A person who is anuric is often critical and may
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
C&S: Culture and sensitivity, performed to detect infection.
C/O: Complaint of. The patient's expressed concern.
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.