Common Medical Acronyms & Symbols


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Scanning a patient's chart you note that the BMI is recorded as 40. The abbreviation BMI stands for:

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1. You ask a patient, 'Are you allergic to any medications?' To which, he responds 'No.' To save time, you would write which abbreviation in his chart?

2. Which abbreviation is commonly used for the term 'diagnosis'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Terminology in the medical field can be long and for medical professionals time is usually a precious commodity. To help professionals work more efficiently, acronyms and symbols are commonly used to record patient information and medical conditions. This quiz will help gauge your knowledge of common medical acronyms and symbols.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on acronyms for the following:

  • A patient who's not allergic to any medications
  • Diagnosis
  • Twice a day medication dosage
  • BMI
  • Oral administration of a medication

Skills Practiced

This quiz gives you the chance to practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding medical acronyms and symbols and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about acronyms commonly associated with prescribing medication
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding acronyms used in patients' medical charts

Additional Learning

For more information about these topics, review the lesson associated with this quiz called Common Medical Acronyms & Symbols. You'll learn about acronyms and symbols for the following:

  • Blood pressure
  • Respiratory rate
  • Heart rate
  • Prescription
  • How often to take a medication