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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
DMDoctor of Medicine
RxPrescription
STDSexually transmitted disease
CPRCardiopulmonary resuscitation
RNRegistered nurse
PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder
HIVHuman immunodeficiency virus
ACLAnterior cruciate ligament
ICUIntensive care unit
AIDSAcquired immune deficiency syndrome
CHFCongestive heart failure
Fauci OuchieCOVID-19 vaccine
ADDAttention deficit disorder
STISexually transmitted infection
OBGYNObstetrics and gynecology
IVFIn Vitro Fertilization
MDMedical doctor
EMTEmergency medical technician
FDAFood and Drug Administration
medsMedications
SIDSSudden infant death syndrome
OIOpportunistic infection
OBGObstetrics and gynecology
BLSBasic life support
BMBowel movement
POSPoint of service
PPEPersonal Protective Equipment
vaxVaccination
OOPOut of pocket
HGHHuman growth hormone
EREmergency room
SOBShortness of breath
CADCoronary artery disease
ENTEar, nose, and throat specialist
AEDAutomated external defibrillator
DNRDo not resuscitate
ARFAcute renal failure
ARIAcute respiratory infection
TCUTransitional care unit
EHRElectronic health record
EOBExplanation of benefits
Long-haulerA person suffering long-term effects from COVID-19
Perc30Oxycodone, commonly mixed with fentanyl
GOMERGet Out of My Emergency Room
HWPHeight weight proportionate
ppdPostpartum depression
EPOErythropoietin
HMOHealth maintenance organization
CDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
LDLLow-density lipoprotein
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
DOCDrug of choice
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
APSAdult protective services
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
FPLFederal poverty level
EOCEvidence of coverage
hHour
HSAt bedtime
BIDTwice a day
POBy mouth
CTEChronic traumatic encephalopathy