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ABBREVIATIONS

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decrease

increase

to/from, in/out of

approximate

=

equals

<

less than

>

greater than

#

number

minus

+

plus

&

and

etc.

etcetera

%

percentage

||

parallel bars

@

each, at, before

'

foot

"

inch

°

degree

after

with

without

female

male

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a

artery

ˉa

ante (L)

A

assistance

AA

atlantoaxial; adjusted age; active assist, alcoholics anonymous

AAA

abdominal aortic aneurysm

AAO ×3

alert, awake, and oriented to date, person, place

AAROM

active assisted range of motion

AARP

American Association of Retired Persons

Abd

abduction

ABG

arterial blood gases

AC

alternating current; acromioclavicular

a.c.

before a meal

ACA

anterior communicating artery; anterior cerebral artery

ACCE

academic coordinator of clinical education

ACL

anterior cruciate ligament

ACM

Arnold–Chiari malformation

ACO

Accountable Care Organization

ACSM

American College of Sports Medicine

AD

advanced directive

ADA

American Dental Association; American Dietetics Association

ad lib

ad libitum (Latin), at pleasure

ADD

attention deficit disorder; adduction

ADHD

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

ADL

activities of daily living

Adm

admitted; admission

ADR

additional development required

AE(A)

above elbow amputation; preferred term is transhumeral amputation

AF

atrial fibrillation, Arthritis Foundation

AFB

acid-fast bacillus

AFO

ankle foot orthosis

AFP

alpha-fetoprotein

AGA

appropriate for gestational age

AHA

American Heart Association; American Hospital Association

AHIMA

American Health Information Management Association

AI

aortic incompetence

AIDS

acquired immune deficiency syndrome

AIMS

Alberta Infant Motor Scale

AK(A)

above knee amputation; preferred term is transfemoral amputation

ALJ

administrative law judge

ALL

acute lymphocytic leukemia; anterior longitudinal ligament

ALS

amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; advanced life support

AM

morning

AMA

against medical advice; American Medical Association

amb

ambulate; ambulation

AML

acute myelogenous leukemia; acute myelocytic leukemia

ANA

American Nursing Association

ANS

autonomic nervous system

ant

anterior

AOTA

American Occupational Therapy Association

AP

anteroposterior; before dinner

APGAR

appearance, pulse, grimace, activity, respiration

APM

Alternative Payment Method

APTA

American Physical Therapy Association

ARC

Association for Retarded Citizens

ARD

assessment reference dates

ARDS

adult respiratory distress syndrome; acute respiratory distress syndrome

ARF

acute renal failure; acute respiratory failure

AROM

active range of motion

AS

aortic stenosis; ankylosing spondylitis

As & Bs

apnea and bradycardia

ASA

aspirin

ASAP

as soon as possible

ASD

atrial septal defect

ASHA

American Speech and Hearing Association

ASIS

anterior superior iliac spine

Asst, assist

assistance; assist

ATC

athletic trainer, certified

ATNR

asymmetric tonic neck reflex

AV

arteriovenous; atrioventricular; aortic valve

AVM

arteriovenous malformation

B

bilateral; both

BAER

brainstem auditory evoked response (hearing screening)

BBA

Balanced Budget Act

BBB

blood–brain barrier; bundle-branch block

BCBS

Blue Cross and Blue Shield

BE

barium enema

BE(A)

below elbow amputation; preferred term is transradial amputation

BFR

blood flow rate; blood flow restriction

BIB

drink

BICU

burn intensive care unit

BID

bis in die (Latin); twice a day

bil, bilat

bilateral

BIN

twice at night

BK(A)

below knee amputation; preferred term ...

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