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 require dialysis.


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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2014