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Medical Abbreviations – B (part 1)



B bacillus
B+ blood type B positive
B- blood type B negative
B1 thiamine
B2 riboflavin
B3 Nicotinic acid
b/4 before
B5 pantothenic acid
B6 pyridoxine HCL
B7 biotin
B8 Adenosine 5'-monophosphate
B9 benign
B12 cyanocobalamin
B19 parvovirus B19
B52 Haldol 5mg and ativan 2mg
BA backache
benzyl alcohol
bile acid
biliary atresia
blood agar
Ba barium
B & A brisk and active
BAA beta-adrenergic agonist
BAAM Beck airway airflow monitor
Bab Babinski
BAC Blood alcohol content
Blood alcohol concentration
Bacterial Artificial Chromosome
BACCA basal cell cancer
BACE beta-site APP-cleaving enzyme
BACI bovine anti-cryptosporidium
BACM blocking agent corticosteroid myopathy
BACON bleomycin, adriamycin, CCNU, oncovin and nitrogen mustard
BACOP bleomycin, adriamycin, cyclophosphamide, oncovin , and prednisone
BACs bacterial artificial chromosomes
BACT bacteria
BADL basic activities of daily living
BADLS Bristol Activities of Daily Living Scale

Cleveland Scale of Activities of Daily Living (CSADL)

BaE barium enema
BAE bronchial artery embolization
BAEDP balloon aortic end diastolic pressure
BAERs brain stem auditory evoked responses
BAG buccoaxiogingival
BAHA bone-anchored hearing aids
BAI blunt abdominal injury
breath-actuated inhalers
BAIQ below average intelligence quotient
BAK cage Bagby and Kuslich (BAK) cage (implanted - stabilize spine)
BAL balance
blood-alcohol level
BALB binaural alternate loudness balance
BALF bronchoalveolar lavage fluid
B-ALL B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
BALP  baseline bone alkaline phosphatase
BALT bronchus-associated lymphoid tissue
BAM bony acetabular morphology
BaM barium meal
BAMS bioaerosol mass spectrometry
BAN Body Area Network
British Approved Name
BAND band neutrophil
BANS back, arm, neck, and scalp
BAO basal acid output
BAoV bicuspid aortic valve
BAP blood agar plate
BAPS balance activation proprioceptive system
BaPWV brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity
BAR biofragmentable anastomotic ring
Barb barbiturate
BARN bilateral acute retinal necrosis
BAS balloon atrial septostomy
Barnes Akathisia Scale
behavioral activation system
BASC Behavior Assessment System for Children
BASIS Basic Achievement Skills Individual Screener
BASMI Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index
BAT Behavioral Avoidance Test
Best available therapy
blunt abdominal trauma
BATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
BAVP balloon aortic valvuloplasty
BAU bioequivalent allergy units
BAV bicuspid aortic valve
BAW bronchoalveolar washing
BB baby boy
back to back
bad breath
bed bath
BBA born before arrival
BBAS blade and balloon atrial septostomy
BBB blood-brain barrier
BBBB bilateral bundle branch block
BBC bilateral breast cancer
BBCS bumps, bruises, cuts and scrapes
BBD baby born dead
before bronchodilator
benign breast disease
BBE biofield breast examination
BBFA both bones forearm
BBFF both bone forearm fracture
BBFP blood and body fluid precautions
BBI Bowman Birk inhibitor
BBIC Bowman Birk inhibitor concentrate
BBL bottle blood loss
BBP blood-borne pathogen
butyl benzyl phthalate
BBR bibasilar rales
BBS Bardet-Biedl syndrome
BBSE bilateral breath sounds equal
BBSI Brigance Basic Skills Inventory
BBT basal body temperature
BB to MM belly button to medial malleolus (Apparent Length)
B Bx breast biopsy
BC back care
basket catheter
battered child
bed and chair
B/C because
B & C bed and chair
biopsy and curettage
board and care
BCA balloon  catheter angioplasty
basal cell atypia
BCa breast cancer
BCAA branched-chain amino acids
B. cat Branhamella catarrhalis
BCB Brilliant cresyl blue (stain)
BCBR bilateral carotid body resection
BC/BS Blue Cross/Blue Shield
BCC basal cell carcinoma
birth control clinic
BCCa basal cell carcinoma
BCD basal cell dysplasia
BCDCSW Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
BCDH bilateral congenital dislocated hip
BCE basal cell epithelioma
BCEDP breast cancer early detection  program
B cell B lymphocyte
BCETS Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress
BCF basic conditioning factor
BCG bacille Calmette-Gu'erin vaccine
BCH benign cephalic histiocytosis
BCHA bone-conduction hearing aid
BChE butyrylcholinesterase (enzyme)
BCI blunt carotid injury
BCIE bullous congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma (Epidermolytic Hyperkeratosis)
BCIR Barnett continent intestinal reservoir
BCL basic cycle length
B-CLL B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia
BCLP bilateral cleft lip and palate
BCLS basic cardiac life support
BCM below costal margin
birth control medication
birth control method
BCMA bar-code medication administration
BCME bis (chloromethyl) ether
BCNP Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist
BCNU BCNU is another name for Carmustine
Bacteria-controlled nursing units
BCOC bowel  care of choice
BCP biochemical profile
BCQ breast central quadrantectomy
BCR bicaudate ratio
BCRE black cohosh root extract
BCRS Brief Cognitive Rate Scale
BCRT breast-conservation followed by radiation therapy
BCS battered child syndrome
breast-conserving surgery
BCSF bone cell stimulating factor
BCSS bone cell stimulating substance
BCT Bag Carrying Test
breast-conserving therapy
BCTP bicomponent triton tri-n-butyl phosphate
BCU Burn care unit
BCUG bilateral cystourethrogram
BCVA best  corrected visual acuity
BCVI blunt cerebrovascular injury
BD band neutrophil
base deficit
behavior disorder
bile duct
bd twice daily
BDAS balloon dilation atrial septostomy
BDC burn-dressing change
BDD body dysmorphic disorder
BDE bile duct exploration
BDF bilateral distal femoral
BDI Beck Depression Inventory
bile duct incision
BDL below detectable limits
BDOD brain dead organ donor
BDR background diabetic retinopathy
black dot ringworm
BDS bile duct stone
BDV Borna disease virus (newly classified nonsegmented negative-strand RNA virus)
BE bacterial endocarditis
barium enema
Barrett esophagus
base excess
below elbow
B & E brisk and equal
BEA below-elbow amputation
BEAM brain electrical activity mapping
BEAR Bourn electronic adult respirator
BEP benign essential blepharospasm
BEC bacterial endocarditis
BECs bronchial epithelial cells
BECT barium enema computed tomography
BED binge-eating disorder
biochemical evidence of disease
biological effective dose
BEE Basal energy expenditure
BEF bronchoesophageal fistula
BEGA best estimate of gestational age
BEH behavior
BEI bioelectric impedance
BEL blood ethanol level
BEST bio-electrical stimulation therapy
BET bacterial endotoxins test
BEV billion electron volts
BF biofeedback
black female
bone fragment
breakfast fed
%BF percentage body fat
BFA baby for adoption
basilic forearm
BFC benign febrile convulsion
BFEC benign focal epilepsy of childhood
bFGF basic fibroblast growth factor
BFI Brief Fatigue Inventory
BFL breast firm and lactating
B-FLY butterfly
BFM body fat mass
black married female
BFNC benign familial neonatal convulsions
BFP biologic false positive
BFR Backward Functional Reach (test)
blood filtration rate
blood flow rate
B. frag Bacillus fragilis
BFS breast-feeds
BFT bentonite flocculation test
biofeedback training
BFUe erythroid burst-forming unit
BG baby girl
basal ganglia
blood glucose
bone graft
B-G Bender-Gestalt (test)
BGC basal-ganglion calcification
BGCT benign glandular cell tumor
BGDC Bartholin gland duct cyst
BGDR background diabetic retinopathy
BGL blood glucose level
BGM blood glucose monitoring
bGS biopsy Gleason score
BGT Bender-Gestalt test
BGTT borderline glucose tolerance test
BH bowel habits
BHA butylated hydroxyanisole (preservative)
BHC benzene hexachloride
BHCG beta human chorionic gonadotropin
BHGI The Breast Health Global Initiative
BHI biosynthetic human insulin
BHL bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy
BHMCO behavioral health managed care organization
BHN bridging hepatic necrosis
BHR Birmingham hip resurfacing
BHP boarding home placement
BHS Beck Hopelessness Scale
BHT borderline hypertensive
breath hydrogen test
BHWU Bair Hugger warming unit
BI Barthel Index
base in
bleeding index
bowel impaction
Bi bismuth
BIA bioelectrical impedance analysis
BIB brought in by
BIBA brought in by ambulance
BIC brain injury center
BICAP bipolar electrocoagulation therapy
BICARB bicarbonate
BICROS bilateral contralateral routing of signals
BICU burn intensive care unit
BID brought in dead
BID twice daily
BIDS bedtime insulin, daytime sulfonylurea
BIF bifocal
BIG botulism immune globulin
BIGEM bigeminal
BIG-IV botulism immune globulin intravenous (neutralizes botulinum toxin)
BIH benign intracranial hypertension
BIL bilateral
BILAT SLC bilateral short leg case
BILAT SXO bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BILI bilirubin
BILI-C conjugated bilirubin
BIL MRY bilateral myringotomy
BIMA bilateral internal mammary arteries
BIND Biological Investigational New Drug
BIO binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy
BIOF biofeedback
BIP bipolar affective disorder
BIPA Benefits Improvement and Protection Act
BiPAP bilevel (biphasic) positive airway pressure
BiPD biparietal diameter
BIPP bismuth iodoform paraffin paste
BIR back internal rotation
BI-RADS Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System
BIRB Biomedical Institutional Review Board
BIS behavioral inhibition system
BI-SLT bilateral, sequential single lung transplantation
BIT behavioral inattention test
BITA bilateral internal thoracic artery
BIV biventricular pacing
BIVAD bilateral ventricular assist device
BIW twice a week
BJ Bence Jones
biceps jerk
bone and joint
BJE bone and joint examination
BJI bone and joint infection
BJLO Benton Judgment Line Orientation
BJM bones, joints, and muscles
BJOA basal joint osteoarthritis
BJP Bence Jones protein
BJR Bezold-Jarisch reflex
BK below knee
BKA below-knee-amputation
BKC blepharokeratoconjunctivitis (Inflammation of the margins of the eyelids, cornea, and conjunctiva)
BKFT breakfast
BKG background
BKTT below-knee to toe
BKV BK polyomavirus
BKWC below-knee walking cast
BKWP below-knee walking plaster
BL balloon laryngoplasty
blast cells
blood level
blood loss
BLA Biological License Application
blood-loss anemia
BLB Boothby-Lovelace-Bulbulian
BLBK blood bank
BLBS bilateral breath sounds
BL=BS bilateral equal breath sounds
bl cult blood culture
B-L-D breakfast, lunch, and dinner
BLDG bleeding
BLDTM bleeding time
BLE both lower extremities
BLEED Bleeding (ongoing), Low Systolic Blood Pressure, Elevated Prothrombin Time, Erratic Mental Status, Disease (unstable Comorbid Disease) (mnemonic For Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage)
BLEO bleomycin sulfate
BLESS bath, laxative, enema, shampoo, and shower
BLG bovine beta-lactoglobulin
BLI blast lung injury
BLIC beta-lactamase inhibitor combination
BLIP beta-lactamase inhibiting protein
BLL bilateral lower lobe
blood lead level
brows, lids, and lashes
BLLS bilateral leg strength
BLM bleomycin sulfate
BLN bronchial lymph nodes
BLOBS bladder obstruction
BLOC brief loss of consciousness
BLOKS Boston Leeds Osteoarthritis Knee Score
BLPB beta-lactamase-producing bacteria
BLPO beta-lactamase-producing organism
Medical Abbreviations – B