Medical abbreviations and acronyms (miscellaneous)

Dr Daniel J Bell et al.

This article contains a list of commonly used medical abbreviations that start with any symbol, which is not a letter in English, and may be encountered in medicine and radiology.

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  • μg: microgram (mcg preferred)
  • ': feet (US/Imperial measure for height/length)
  • ": inches (US/Imperial measure for height/length)
  • #: fracture (symbol is called a hash/number/pound/octothorp)
  • ?: query or question
  • ~: approximately (symbol is called a tilde)
  • ≈: more precise form of approximately than '~' (symbol is called a double tilde)
  • +ve: positive
  • -ve: negative
  • ℞: prescription (often erroneously written as Rx or Rx) ('thou take' from L: recipe)
  • xo: number of hours (e.g. 4o chest pain = 4 hr of chest pain)
  • x/7: medical shorthand for 'x' number of days
  • x/12: medical shorthand for 'x' number of months
  • x/24: medical shorthand for 'x' number of hours
  • x/52: medical shorthand for 'x' number of weeks
  • ox: medical shorthand for "'x' is not present", e.g. ' ocough ', means 'no cough'
  • 1o: primary
  • 2o: secondary
  • 2D: 2-dimensional
  • 3o: tertiary
  • 3C syndrome: craniocerebellocardiac syndrome
  • 3D: 3-dimensional
  • 3D MVOX: multivoxel (Toshiba)
  • 4o: quaternary
  • 4D: 4-dimensional
  • 4D-TRAK: 4D timer resolved angiography using keyhole (Philips)
  • 5D: 5-dimensional
  • 5-F rule: fertile, fat, female, fair, forty/family history
  • 5-FU: 5-fluorouracil
  • 6-MP: 6-mercaptopurine
  • 6MWT: 6 minute walk test
Medical abbreviations and acronyms

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