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U – V – WXYZ

U

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UA urinalysis
UAC uric acid  |  umbilical artery catheter
UAO upper airway obstruction
UBD universal blood donor
UC ulcerative colitis  | umbilical cord
ud as directed
UFH unfractionated heparin
UGI upper gastrointestinal
URI upper respiratory infection
URQ upper right quadrant
US ultrasound
UTI urinary tract infection
UUN urinary urea nitrogen
UVA ultraviolet A light

V

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VAD venous access device
VC vital capacity
VCT venous clotting time
VCUG voiding cysourethrogram
VDRL Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (test for syphilis)
VMA vanillymadelic acid
VO verbal or voice order
V/Q ventilation – perfusion
VRE vancomycin-resistant enterococcus
VSS vital signs stable
VT ventricular tachycardia
VV varicose veins
VW vessel wall
VWD von Willebrand’s disease
VZV varicella zoster virus

W

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WB whole blood
WBC white blood cell or count
WBR whole body radiation
WD well developed
WF white female
WIA wounded in action
WID widow, widower
WM white male
WN well nourished
WNL within normal limits
WO written order |  weeks old  |  wide open.
WOP without pain
W.P. whirlpool
WPW Wolff-Parkinson-White
W-T-D wet to dry
W/U workup

X

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X2d times 2 days.
XI eleven
XII twelve
XL extended release. |  extra large.
XM crossmatch
XMM xeromammography
XOM extraocular movements
XRT X-ray therapy (radiation therapy)
XS excessive
XULN times upper limit of normal

Y

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YF yellow fever
YLC youngest living child
yo years old
YOB year of birth
yr year
ytd year to date

Z

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ZDV zidovudine
ZE Zollinger-Ellison
Z-ESR zeta erythrocyte sedimentation rate
Zn zinc
ZnO zinc oxide
ZSB zero stools since birth