Basic Nursing Abbreviations

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abd
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abdomen
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abn
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abnormal
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ABS
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audible bowel sounds
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ABG
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arterial blood gases
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ac
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before meals
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ADL
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activities of daily living
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ad lib
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as desired
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adm
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admission
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AED
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automatic external defibrillator
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AIDS
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acquired immune deficiency syndrome
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AKA
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above knee ampuation
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AM
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morning
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amb
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ambulate
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A.M.A.
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American Medical Association
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AMA
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against medical advice
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amt
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amount
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A&OX3
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alert and oriented times 3 (person, place, time)
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ant
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anterior
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AP
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anteroposterior
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Ap
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apical pulse
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AP & Lat, AP&L
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anterior, posterior, and lateral
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aq, aqua
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water
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ARD
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acute respiratory distress
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ARF
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acute renal failure
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ASA
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aspirin
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ASAP
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as soon as possible
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Assist.
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assistance
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ax
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axillary
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BE
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barium enema
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BBS
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bilateral breath sounds
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b.i.d., BID
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twice a day (0900 & 2100)
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bil
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bilateral
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bili
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bilirubin
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bkfst
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breakfast
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BKA
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below knee amputation
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bld
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blood
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BLE
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both lower extremities
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BH
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Baptist Health
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BHMC-LR
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Baptist Health Medical Center Little rock
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BHMC-NLR
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Baptist Health Medical Center North Little Rock
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BHSLR-SPN
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Baptist Health Schools Little Rock- School of Practical Nursing
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BHRI
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Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute
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BM
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bowel movement
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BP, B/P
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blood pressure
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BR
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bed rest
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Br
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bathroom
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Bronch
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bronchoscopy
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BRP
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bathroom privileges
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BS
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blood sugar
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B/S
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bed side
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BSC
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bed side commode
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BRAT
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bananas, rice, applesauce, toast (dry) diet
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BUE
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both upper extremities
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BUN
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blood urea nitrogen
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Bx
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biopsy
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CA
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cancer
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Ca
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calcium
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C
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centigrade
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CAD
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coronary artery disease
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CAT
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computerized axial tomography
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cath
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catheter
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CBC
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complete blood count
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CC
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chief complaint
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C&DB
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cough and deep breathe
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CDC
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Center for Disease Control
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CHF
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congestive heart failure
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CHO
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carbohydrate
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Ck
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check
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cm
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centimeter
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CNS
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central nervous system
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c/o
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complaint of
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CABG
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coronary artery bypass graft
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COPD
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chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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CP
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chest pain
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CPR
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cardiopulmonary resuscitation
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CRT
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capillary refill time
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C&S
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culture and sensitivity
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CSF
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cerebral spinal fluid
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CVA
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cerebrovascular accident
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CXR
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Chest x-ray
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CVL
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central venous line
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D5NS
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5% dextrose in normal saline
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D5W
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5% dextrose in water
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DAT
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diet as tolerated
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DBP
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diastolic blood pressure
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D/I
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dry and intact
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DJD
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degenerative joint disease
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DM
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diabetes mellitus
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DNR
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do not resuscitate
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DOA
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dead on arrival
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DOB
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date of birth
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DRG
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diagnosis related group
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drsg
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dressing
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Dr.
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doctor
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DVT
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deep vein thrombosis
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Dx
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diagnosis
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DZ
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disease
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ECHO
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echocardiogram
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ECG
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electrocardiogram
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eg
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for example
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EEG
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electroencephalogram
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EGD
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esophagogastroduodenoscopy
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EOM
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extraocular movements
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ESRD
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end stage renal disease
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etc.
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and so forth
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EXT
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external
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F
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fahrenheit
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FBS
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fasting blood sugar
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fl
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fluid
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FLACC
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face, legs, activity, cry, consolability
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FOB
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foot of bed
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FSBS
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finger stick blood sugar
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ft
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feet
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Fx
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fracture
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GERD
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gastroesophageal reflux disease
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GI
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gastrointestinal
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GU
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genitourinary
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GYN
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gynecology
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gtt
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drop
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gm
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gram
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gr
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grain
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HA
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headache
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HBP
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high blood pressure
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Hct
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hematocrit
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HD
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heart disease
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HEENT
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head, eyes, ears, nose, throat
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Hgb
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hemoglobin
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H & H
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hemoglobin and hematocrit
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HOB
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head of bed
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HOH
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hard of hearing
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H2O
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water
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hosp
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hospital
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H&P
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history and physical
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hr
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hour
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HR
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heart rate
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HS
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heart sounds
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hs
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hour of sleep
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Ht
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height
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HTN
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hypertension
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Hyper
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above
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Hypo
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below
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Hx
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history
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ICU
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intensive care unit
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IDDM
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insulin depended diabetes mellitus
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ID
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identification
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I&D
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incision and drainage
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IM
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intramuscular
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inj
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injection
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INR
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international normalized ratio
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int
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internal
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I&O
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intake and output
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IPPB
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intermittent positive pressure breathing
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I.S.
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incentive spirometer
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IV
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intravenous
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IVPB
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intravenous piggyback
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IVP
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intravenous pyelogram
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K
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potassium
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KCl
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potassium chloride
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kg
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kilogram
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KUB
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kidney, ureter, bladder
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KVO
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keep vein open
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lab
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laboratory
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lat
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lateral
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lb
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pound
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LE
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lower extremity
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LFT
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liver function test
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LLE
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left lower extremity
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LLQ
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left lower quadrant
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LOC
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level of consciousness
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loc
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laxative of choice
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LMP
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last menstrual period
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LOP
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level of pain
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LP
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lumbar puncture
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LPN
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Licensed Practical Nurse
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LUE
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left upper extremity
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LUL
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left upper lobe
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LUQ
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left upper quadrant
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lytes
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electrolytes
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MAR
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medication administration record
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MI
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myocardial infarction
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med
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medication
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mEq
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milliequivalent
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Mg
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magnesium
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mg
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milligram
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mL
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milliliter
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mm
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millimeter
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MOM
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milk of magnesia
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MN
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midnight
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MRI
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magnetic resonance imaging
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MRSA
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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
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NA
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not applicable
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Na
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sodium
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NaCl
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sodium chloride
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NC
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nasal cannula
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NG
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nasogastric
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NGT
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nasogastric tube
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NIDDM
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non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus
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NKA
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no known allergies
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NKDA
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no known drug allergies
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NKFA
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no known food allergies
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Noct
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nocturnal
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NPO
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nothing by mouth
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NS
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normal saline
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N&V
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nausea and vomiting
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O2
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oxygen
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OOB
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out of bed
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ORIF
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open reduction, internal fixation
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O.T.
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occupational therapy
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OTC
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over the counter
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oz
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ounce
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P
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pulse
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pt
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patient
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P.T.
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physical therapy
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Patho
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pathology
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pc
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after meals
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PCA
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patient controlled analgesia
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PEG
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percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy
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PM
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afternoon
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PO
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by mouth
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post
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posterior
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post-op
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after surgery
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pre-op
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before surgery
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PRN
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as needed
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PERRLA
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pupils equal, round, reactive to light, and accommodating
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PICC
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peripherally inserted central catheter
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PAD
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peripheral artery disease
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PVD
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peripheral vascular disease
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qh
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every hour
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qhs
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every hour of sleep
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QID
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four times a day (0900-1300-1700-2100)
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q1h
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every ____ hour
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qt
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quart
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resp
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respiration
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RBC
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red blood cell
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REM
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rapid eye movement
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R
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right
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RLE
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right lower extremity
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RUE
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right upper extremity
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RLL
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right lower lobe
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ROM
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range of motion
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RLQ
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right lower quadrant
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RUQ
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right upper quadran
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r/o
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rule out
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Rx
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prescription
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S/S
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signs and symptoms
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SQ
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subcutaneous
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SCA
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selective coronary angiography
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SOB
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short of breath
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sol
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solution
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spec.
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specimen
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STAT
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immediately
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temp
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temperature
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tab
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tablet
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TF
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tube feeding
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TIA
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transient ischemic attack
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Tbsp
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tablespoon
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tsp
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teaspoon
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TID
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three times a day (0900, 1500, 2100)
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TO
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telephone order
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TPN
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total parenteral nutrition
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TPR
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temperature, pulse, respiration
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TWE
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tap water enema
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tx
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treatment
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TX
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traction
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UA
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urinalysis
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UE
answer

upper extremity
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UGI
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upper gastrointestinal
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URI
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upper respiratory infection
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US
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ultrasound
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UTI
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urinary tract infection
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via
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by way of
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Vd
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void
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VO
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verbal order
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vs
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vital signs
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WBC
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white blood cell
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w/d
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warm and dry
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wc
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wheelchair
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WDL
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within defined limits
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WTD
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wet to dry dressing
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wt
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weight
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yrs
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years
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a- or an-
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without
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ab-
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away from
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ad-
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toward
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ante-
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before
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anti-
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against
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auto-
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self
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bi-
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twice
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brady-
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slow
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circum-
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around
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contra-
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opposed
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co-
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with
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cyan-
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blue
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cyst-
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bag, bladder, sac
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dys-
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difficult, painful
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ex-
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without, away from
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extra-
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outside of
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hemato-
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blood
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hemi-
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half
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hydro-
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water
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hyper-
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higher
question

hypo-
answer

lower
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intra-
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within
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inter-
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between
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leuko-
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white
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micro-
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small
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mega- or megal-
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large
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multi-
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many
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myo-
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muscle
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neo-
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new
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nephro-
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kidney
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para-
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beside
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peri-
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around
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pneumo-
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air, lung, gas
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poly-
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much
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post-
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after
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pre-
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before
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pseudo-
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false
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pyo-
answer

pus
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pyro-
answer

fever
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quadra-
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four
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retro-
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behind
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semi-
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half
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sub-
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under
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super-
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above
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supra-
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above
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tachy-
answer

fasty
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trans-
answer

across
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un-
answer

against
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uni-
answer

one
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ultra-
answer

excess
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vaso-
answer

vessel
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-algia
answer

pain
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-cele
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tumor
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-cide
answer

killing
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-cyte
answer

cell
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-desis
answer

surgical fixation
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-ectomoy
answer

surgical removal of
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-emia
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blood
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-gene
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origin
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-gram
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a tracing, a mark
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-graphy
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a writing, a record
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-iasis
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condition
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-itis
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inflammation of
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-lithiasis
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presence of stones
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-lysis
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disintegration of
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-megaly
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enlargement
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-oscopy
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look into with an instrument
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-otomoy
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to incise
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-oma
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tumor
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-orrhaphy
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surgical repair of
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-osis
answer

disease, condition of
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-ostomy
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to form an opening
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-pexy
answer

suspension of, fixation of
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-phobia
answer

fear
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-philia
answer

affinity for
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-plasty
answer

reconstruction, plastic surgery
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-plegia
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paralysis
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-rrhea
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excessive discharge
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-scope
answer

instrument of visual exam
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-uria
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urine
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adeno
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gland
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arthro
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joint
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bucca
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cheek
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cardi
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heart
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chole
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bile, gallbladder
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col
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colon
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cranio
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skull
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cysto
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bladder, cyst, sac
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derma
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skin
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doch
answer

duct
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duodeno
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duodenum
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entero
answer

intestine
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gastro
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stomach
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glossa
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tongue
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hepato
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liver
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hystero
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uterus
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jejuno
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jejunum
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lith
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stone
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mast
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breast
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myo
answer

muscle
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nephro
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kidney
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neuro
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nerve
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oophor
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ovary
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ophthalmo
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eye
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orchi
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testicle
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os
answer

opening, orifice
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oto
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ear
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phlebo
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vein
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pneumo
answer

lung
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procto
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rectum
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psycho
answer

mind
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rhino
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nose
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salping
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tube
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skeleto
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skeleton
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thoraco
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chest
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uro
answer

urine
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vaso
answer

vessel

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