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Ch 5: Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms & Symbols

About This Chapter

This chapter guides you through a large number of medical abbreviations, acronyms and symbols. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to review why it is so important to be accurate when using these medical terms, and why it is helpful to use abbreviated vocabulary.

Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms & Symbols - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides an extensive review of key medical abbreviations, acronyms and symbols, defining them and detailing their significance within medical settings. By studying with this chapter, you'll be familiarizing yourself with core medical language that you can apply to your instruction of the subject. Lessons focus on the following in a step-by-step manner:

  • The importance of accuracy when using medical terminology
  • Why abbreviations are useful in medical language
  • Common medical abbreviations A-Y
  • Frequently used medical acronyms and symbols

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7 Lessons in Chapter 5: Medical Abbreviations, Acronyms & Symbols
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Accuracy & Abbreviations in Medical Terminology

1. Accuracy & Abbreviations in Medical Terminology

We are going to focus on why it is of the utmost importance to be accurate when using medical terminology. We will then look at the role of abbreviations in medical terminology and gain an understanding of why they are so useful.

Common Medical Abbreviations A - C

2. Common Medical Abbreviations A - C

We will define the most commonly used abbreviations in medical terminology that begin with the letters A-C. We will also discuss how the abbreviations are used.

Common Medical Abbreviations D - J

3. Common Medical Abbreviations D - J

This lesson covers the most used medical abbreviations that begin with the letters D - J. We will look at the common ways in which the abbreviations are used.

Common Medical Abbreviations K - O

4. Common Medical Abbreviations K - O

This lesson will cover some of the most commonly used medical abbreviations that begin with the letters K-O. We will look at some explanations for how the abbreviations are used as well.

Common Medical Abbreviations P - R

5. Common Medical Abbreviations P - R

This lesson will cover medical abbreviations that begin with the letters P - R. We will look at how they are used and discuss ways to distinguish similar abbreviations.

Common Medical Abbreviations S - Y

6. Common Medical Abbreviations S - Y

We will be going over common medical abbreviations that begin with the letters 'S' through 'Y'. How they are used and where they may appear are also going to be covered in this lesson.

Common Medical Acronyms & Symbols

7. Common Medical Acronyms & Symbols

In the medical realm, abbreviations abound! Through this lesson, you'll learn to translate some of the most common abbreviations used in a basic physical examination and in medication dosing.

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