November 27, 2021

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80 Important Medical And Health Related Terms You Need to Know

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In medical field, abbreviations are often used in patient progress notes, prescriptions, pharmacy notes, discussions, etc. They are often used by practitioners to save time and can be helpful if you know what they stand for.

Occasionally you will see an abbreviation that has more than one meaning, which will cause you to do some deductive reasoning.

The abbreviations, acronyms, and words included in this article represent medical device and procedure terminology found in everyday practice.

It’s helpful to know commonly used medical and health terms, so we’ve compiled a list of 100 that will surely get you through a knowledge update, and help you out next time you’re at the doctor’s office.

S.No. Abbreviation Full Name
1 WHO World Health Organization
2 LHW Lady Health Worker
3 TB Tuberculosis
4 SARS Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
5 NGO Non-Governmental Organization
6 MOH Ministry of Health
7 GHP Global Health Partnerships
8 GOARN Global Outbreak and Response Network
9 HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus
10 AIDS Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
11 NCD Non-Communicable Diseases
12 VAW Violence Against Women
13 NFHS National Family Health Survey
14 NHRI National Human Rights Institution
15 UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund
16 PCOD Polycystic Ovarian Disease
17 PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
18 CT Computed Tomography
19 CHD Coronary Heart Disease
20 CAD Coronary Artery Disease
21 CHF Congestive Heart Failure
22 CKD Chronic kidney Disease
23 CSD Cat-scratch Disease
24 IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome
25 DSPS Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
26 EVD Ebola Virus Disease
27 FAS Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
28 ID Infectious Diseases
29 EHR Electronic Health Records
30 BP Blood Pressure
31 DM Diabetes Mellitus
32 HTN Hyper Tension
33 HBP High Blood Pressure
34 ICU Intensive Care Unit
35 CCU Critical Care Unit
36 ITU Intensive Treatment/Therapy Unit
37 ACE Angiotensin Converting Enzyme
38 PUD Peptic Ulcer Disease
39 SOB Shortness of Breath
40 CT Computed Tomography
41 UTI Urinary Tract Infection
42 AD Alzheimer’s disease
43 CBC Complete Blood Count
44 ICD Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator
45 BMI Body-Mass Index
46 MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging
47 PET Positron Emission Tomography
48 EKG Electrocardiogram
49 DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
50 DNR Do-not-Resuscitate Order
51 DRI Dietary Reference Intake
52 ECG Electrocardiogram
53 EBCT Electron-Beam Computed Tomography
54 ED Erectile Dysfunction
55 EEG Electroencephalogram
56 EMG Electromyography
57 HR Heart Rate
58 GFR Glomerular Filtration Rate
59 GERD Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
60 HDL High-Density Lipoprotein
61 LDL Low-Density Lipoprotein
62 PT Physical Therapy
63 HLA Human Leukocyte Antigen
64 BMR Basal Metabolic Rate
65 BMT Bone Marrow Transplantation
66 WBC White Blood Cell
67 RBC Red Blood Cell
68 URI Upper Respiratory Infection
69 ACA Affordable Care Act
70 CHC Community Health Center
71 CVP Central Venous Pressure
72 CXR Chest X-ray
73 ECT Electro Convulsive Therapy
74 ESR Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
75 FBC Full Blood Count
76 Hb Haemoglobin
77 IVP Intravenous Pyelogram
78 LFT’s Liver Function Tests
79 TPN Total Parenteral Nutrition
80 TPR Temperature, Pulse and Respiration

Next time you hear one of these abbreviations of short terms whether on Internet, TV, in a medical book, or elsewhere – you won’t miss a beat.

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