Medword Resources: Medical Abbreviations

Medical Abbreviations: Q-Z

These are just some of the many abbreviations that medical transcriptionists must use in their daily work. There are thousands of abbreviations in medicine with regional and international variations as well as abbreviations sometimes having more than one meaning. This is why a reference book of abbreviations is considered a “must have” book for MTs. Most professional MTs wouldn't think of working without their Stedman's Book of Abbreviations, Acronyms, & Symbols.

q.i.d.four times a day
RArheumatoid arthritis
RADright axis deviation
RASTradio-allergosorbent test
RBBBright bundle branch block
RFrheumatoid factor or rheumatic fever
RFrheumatoid factor or rheumatic fever
RIFright iliac fossa
ROMrange of movement
RRrespiratory rate
RSrespiratory system
RUQright upper quadrant
RVFright ventricular failure
S/Bseen by
S/Esystemic enquiry
SACDsubacute combined degeneration
SBEsubacute bacterial endocarditis
SHsocial history
SLEsystemic lupus erythematosus
SOAswelling of ankles
SOB(OE)shortness of breath (on exercise)
SOLspace occupying lesion
STDsexually transmitted disease
SVCsuperior vena cava
SVTsupraventricular tachycardia
t.i.d.ter in die ("three times a day," in Latin)
TFTthyroid function test
TIAtransient ischaemic attack
TIBCtotal iron binding capacity
TPHAtreponema pallidum haemagglutination assay
TPNtotal parenteral nutrition
TRHthyroid releasing hormone
TSHthyroid stimulating hormone
TURPtransurethral resection of prostate
U/Eurea and electrolytes
UCulcerative colitis
URTIupper respiratory tract infection
UTIurinary tract infection
VDvenereal disease
VFventricular fibrillation
VLDLvery low density lipoproteins
VQ scanventilation-perfusion scan
VSDventricular septal defect
VTventricular tachycardia
WBCwhite blood count

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