Medical Abbreviations


Abbreviation Meaning
FB foreign body
FH family history;fundal height
FHH fetal heart heard
FM fetal movements
FNA fine-needle aspiration
FOB faecal occult blood
FROEM full range of eye movements
FROM full range of movement
GA general anaesthetic
GAHS Glasgow alcoholic hepatitis score
GB gall bladder
GCS Glasgow Coma Scale
GI gastrointestinal
GIS gastrointestinal system
GORD gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
HDU high-dependency unit
HH hiatus hernia
HNPU has not passed urine
HONK hyperosmolar non-ketosis
HPC history of presenting complaint
HS heart sounds
HVS high vaginal swab
Hx history
I&D incision and drainage
ICD implantable cardiovertor/defibrillator
ICU intensive care unit
IDA iron-deficiency anaemia
IM intramuscular
IP in-patient
IPAA ileal pouch anal anastomosis
ISQ in status quo (unchanged)
ITU intensive therapy unit
IUCD intrauterine contraceptive device
IV intravenous
Ix investigations
J.A.C.C.O.L juandice, anaemia, clubbing, cyanosis, oedema, lymphadenopathy
JVP jugular venous pressure