Medical Abbreviations With A

Medical Abbreviations With A

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ababdomen, abdominal
Aagabdominal aortic aneurysm
AXRabdominal x-ray
APRabdominoperineal resection
ANDIaberrations of normal development and involution
ABabortion, AB Blood Type
AKAabove-knee amputation
ARDabsolute risk difference
AKacanthamoeba keratitis
A+EAccident and Emergency
AChEacetylcholine esterase
ASAacetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
A/Bacid-base ratio
AFBacid-fast bacilli
ABIacquired brain injury
AIDSacquired immune deficiency syndrome
aPTTactivated partial thromboplastin time
AROMactive range of motion
ADLsactivities of daily living
ABEacute bacterial endocarditis
ABLAAcute Blood Loss Anemia
ACPOacute colonic pseudo-obstruction
ADHFacute decompensated heart failure
AFNTRacute febrile nonhemolytic transfusion reaction
AIPDacute infectious and parasitical diseases
AKIacute kidney injury

medical abbreviations with a

ALIacute limb injury
ALLacute lymphoblastic leukemia
AMIacute mesenteric ischemia
AMSacute mountain sickness
AMLacute myeloid leukemia
ANUGacute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
AOEacute otitis externa
APACHE IIAcute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II
APMPPEacute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy
ARFacute renal failure
ARDSacute respiratory distress syndrome
ATNacute tubular necrosis
AAIacute arterial insufficiency
ACCUacute coronary care unit
AGNacute glomerulonephritis
AOMacute otitis media
ATPacute thrombocytopenic purpura
AISadenocarcinoma in situ
ADPadenosine diphosphate
AMPadenosine monophosphate
AYAadolescents and young adults
ACTHadrenocorticotropic hormone
APDadult polycystic disease
APKDadult polycystic kidney disease
AODMadult-onset diabetes mellitus
ACPAdvance care planning
ACLSadvanced cardiac life support
AMAadvanced maternal age
AMOadvanced medical optics
ATLSAdvanced trauma life support
ADEadverse drug event
ADRadverse drug reaction
AVSSAfebrile, vital signs stable
AGES criteriaage, grade, extent, size
ARMDage-related macular degeneration
ADCAIDS dementia complex
ARCAIDS-related complex
ADWAin’t Doin’ Well
AC&BCair conduction and bone conduction
A/EAir entry
AHRairway hyper-reactivity
ABCairway, breathing, circulation
ABCDairway, breathing, circulation, disability
ABCsairway, breathing, circulation, etc.
ALTalanine transaminase
ASPECTSAlberta Stroke Program Early CT Score, ASPECT Score
ASHalcoholic steatohepatitis
ARBIalcohol-related brain injury
A&Ox3alert and oriented, times 3
A&Ox4alert and oriented, times 4
A&Walive and well
ALPalkaline phosphatase
APalkaline phosphatase
Alk phosalkaline phosphatase
ABPAallergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis
ACDallergic contact dermatitis
AINallergic interstitial nephritis
ANDallowing natural death


ATRAall-trans retinoic acid
AMPA receptoralpha-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptor of the brain
akaalso known as
ACSaltered conscious state
ARMSalveolar rhabdomyosarcoma
ADAlzheimer’s disease
ACUambulatory care unit
AEMambulatory electrocardiogram monitoring
ASCambulatory surgery center
ADAAmerican Dental Association
AJCCAmerican Joint Committee on Cancer
ATCCAmerican Type Culture Collection
ALAaminolevulinic acid
AF-AFPamniotic fluid alpha fetoprotein
AFIamniotic fluid index
ALSamyotrophic lateral sclerosis
A/Panatomy and physiology
ACDanemia of chronic disease
ARBangiotensin II receptor antagonist
AIIRBangiotensin II receptor antagonist
ACEangiotensin-converting enzyme
ACEIangiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor
APSACanisoylated plasminogen streptokinase activator complex
ABPIankle brachial pressure index
AFOankle-foot orthosis
ALCAPAanomalous left coronary artery from the pulmonary artery
APHantepartum haemorrhage
AALanterior axillary line
ACAAnterior cerebral artery
ACDFanterior cervical discectomy and fusion
ACLanterior cruciate ligament
AFSOFanterior fontanelle soft, open, flat
AIRanterior interval release
ASISanterior superior iliac spine
ABTantibiotic therapy
AADantibiotic-associated diarrhea
AAPMCantibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis
ADCCantibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity
ADHantidiuretic hormone
AGAanti-gliadin antibodies
AHFantihemophilic factor
AHGantihemophilic globulin
AHTantihyaluronic acid test
ALGantilymphocytic globulin
ANCAantineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody
ANAantinuclear antibody
APLSantiphospholipid syndrome
ARTantiretroviral therapy
ASCAanti–Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies


ASOTantistreptolysin-O titre
ATSantitetanus serum, that is, antitetanus immunoglobulins
AT-IIIantithrombin III
ATGanti-thymocyte globulin
ATAantitransglutaminase antibodies
ARaortic regurgitation
ASaortic stenosis
AVRaortic valve replacement
ACBaortocoronary bypass
apapical, anteroposterior
AHIApnea-Hypopnea Index
APGARappearance, pulse, grimace, activity, respiration
AUCarea under the curve
ARVCarrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy
ARVDarrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia
Aa.arteria, see Artery
ABGarterial blood gas
ASCADarteriosclerotic coronary artery disease
AHDarteriosclerotic heart disease
arteriosclerotic heart disease
ASCVDarteriosclerotic vascular disease
AVFarteriovenous fistula
AVMarteriovenous malformation
AMCarthrogryposis multiplex congenita
AIartificial insemination
AIDartificial insemination by donor
AIHartificial insemination by husband
AIHDartificial insemination by pooled husband and donor semen
ARMartificial rupture of membranes
AUSArtificial urinary sphincter
AHHaryl hydrocarbon hydroxylase
ad libas desired
AEBas evidenced by (commonly used by nurses)
APPas per protocol
ASAPas soon as possible
ASTaspartate transaminase
ACassisted controlled ventilation
ALFassisted living facility
ASHAsymmetric septal hypertrophy
ANTRasymmetrical tonic neck reflex
ATNRasymmetrical tonic neck reflex
ASBasymptomatic bacteriuria
AFatrial fibrillation
AFibatrial fibrillation
AFLatrial flutter
ANFatrial natriuretic factor
ANPatrial natriuretic peptide
APCatrial premature contraction
ASDatrial septal defect
autism spectrum disorder
AVSDatrioventricular septal defect
ADDattention deficit disorder
ADHDattention deficit hyperactivity disorder
AATatypical antibody test
ATCPAtypical Chest Pain
AGCatypical glandular cells


ASCUSatypical squamous cells of undetermined significance
ASC-Hatypical squamous cells—cannot exclude HSIL
ASGUSatypical squamous glandular cells of undetermined significance
AHauditory hallucinations
A&Pauscultation and percussion
AIHAAutoimmune hemolytic anemia
ALPSautoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome
APSautoimmune polyendocrine syndrome
APECEDautoimmune polyendocrinopathy-candidiasis-ectodermal dystrophy
ABMTautologous bone marrow transplantation
AEDautomated external defibrillator
AICDautomated implantable cardioverter-defibrillator
APAPautomatic positive airway pressure
ANSautonomic nervous system
ADHRautosomal dominant hypophosphatemic rickets
AVNavascular necrosis
AAOx3awake, alert, and oriented, times 3
AAOx4awake, alert, and oriented, times 3
A&O or A/Oaware and oriented or alert and oriented
a.c.before a meal (from Latin ante cibum)
a.p.before a meal
aq. bull.boiling water
aq. gel.cold water
aq. dist.distilled water
ABVDDoxorubicin (adriamycin), bleomycin, vinblastine, dacarbazine
AUeach ear
aurist.ear drops
altern. d.every other day
a.h.every other hour
A1Cglycated hemoglobin
ABOLandsteiner’s blood grouping system
Anti-refers to an antibody to the suffixed antigen
ad.right ear
aur. laevto left ear
aur. right ear
ad part. dolentto the painful parts
aq. calid.warm or hot water