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Health Slang

The healthcare industry is full of slang terms. Some acronyms and abbreviations are specialized medical terms, while others are used in everyday discussions about nutrition and fitness. Even if you're not a doctor or a nurse, many of the terms below are good to know.

Slang Term Meaning Votes
STDSexually transmitted disease
RxPrescription
DMDoctor of Medicine
CPRCardiopulmonary resuscitation
RNRegistered nurse
ICUIntensive care unit
HIVHuman immunodeficiency virus
PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder
ADDAttention deficit disorder
ACLAnterior cruciate ligament
AIDSAcquired immune deficiency syndrome
EMTEmergency medical technician
CHFCongestive heart failure
vaxVaccination
OIOpportunistic infection
STISexually transmitted infection
OBGYNObstetrics and gynecology
IVFIn Vitro Fertilization
MDMedical doctor
FDAFood and Drug Administration
Fauci OuchieCOVID-19 vaccine
medsMedications
SIDSSudden infant death syndrome
OBGObstetrics and gynecology
BLSBasic life support
DNRDo not resuscitate
ARFAcute renal failure
BMBowel movement
POSPoint of service
PPEPersonal Protective Equipment
Perc30Oxycodone, commonly mixed with fentanyl
Chub rubChafing where your thighs rub together
Anti-vaxxerA person who opposes vaccines
CAFOConcentrated Animal Feeding Operation
OOPOut of pocket
HGHHuman growth hormone
EREmergency room
SOBShortness of breath
CADCoronary artery disease
CDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
LDLLow-density lipoprotein
ENTEar, nose, and throat specialist
AEDAutomated external defibrillator
APSAdult protective services
ARIAcute respiratory infection
TCUTransitional care unit
EHRElectronic health record
FPLFederal poverty level
EOBExplanation of benefits
Long-haulerA person suffering long-term effects from COVID-19
GOMERGet Out of My Emergency Room
Thumb dayWhen you browse your phone incessantly at the gym
Fire thighsThighs inflamed from chafing
ROMRange of motion
EDEating disorder
Non-GMOUnvaccinated
HWPHeight weight proportionate
ppdPostpartum depression
DOCDrug of choice
EPOErythropoietin
HMOHealth maintenance organization
ANDAllow natural death
USFDAUnited States Food and Drug Administration
ALOSAverage length of stay
CICUCardiac intensive care unit
AAAApply to affected area
NICUNeonatal Intensive Care Unit
STSpeech therapy
COICertificate of insurance
QEvery
EMRElectronic medical record
CVICerebrovascular insult
OTCOver the counter
PEDPerformance enhancing drug
ADHDAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder
MCLMedial collateral ligament
BPBlood pressure
PPOPreferred provider organization
PCPPrimary care physician
ITUIntensive treatment unit
CCUCritical care unit
EDEmergency department
AEAccident and emergency
ICNIntensive Care Nursery
WHOWorld Health Organization
VDVenereal disease
HDLHigh-density lipoprotein
ivIntravenous
PCLPosterior cruciate ligament
LCLLateral collateral ligament
AMAAmerican Medical Association
DODoctor of Osteopathy
PTPhysical therapy
ALSAdvanced life support
ACLSAdvanced cardiac life support
DNIDo not intubate
CNACertified nursing assistant
HHAHome health aide
EMSEmergency medical services
ALPAssisted living program
AMIAcute myocardial infarction
CDTContinuing day treatment
COPDChronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CRNACertified registered nurse anesthetist
CVACerebrovascular accident
tbTuberculosis
TBITraumatic brain injury
STELShort term exposure limit
SSISurgical site infection
HCAIHealth care associated infection
ACOAccountable care organization
EOCEvidence of coverage
hHour
HSAt bedtime
BIDTwice a day
POBy mouth
CTEChronic traumatic encephalopathy
Anti-vaxAgainst vaccines