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C Celsius
ascorbic acid
C' cervical spine
CA cancer
cancer antigen
cardiac arrest
carotid artery
Ca calcium
Ca++ calcium
CA 125 cancer antigen 125 or carbohydrate antigen 125
C & A Clinitest and Acetest
CAA cerebral amyloid angiopathy
CAAP-1 Certified Associated Addiction Professional Level 1
also CAAP-2
CAB catheter-associated bacteriuria
cellulose acetate butyrate
combined androgen blockade - type of prostate cancer hormone therapy.
CAB-BAGE coronary artery bypass graft
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
CaBI calcium bone index
CaBP calcium-binding protein
CABS Coronary artery bypass surgery
CCNU (lomustine), Adriamycin, bleomycin, and streptozocin
CAC cardioacceleratory center
carotid artery calcification
Certified Alcohol Counselor
CACB chronic angle closure glaucoma
CACI computer-assisted continuous infusion
CaCl2 calcium chloride
CaCO3 calcium carbonate
CACS cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome
CAD cadaver
calcium alginate dressing
cervical artery dissection
CADAC Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor
CADASIL cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy
CADD Computerized Ambulatory Drug Delivery
CADL Communication activities of daily living
CADP computer-assisted design of prosthesis
CADRF coronary artery disease risk factors
CADXPL cadaver transplant
CAE cellulose acetate electrophoresis
CAEC cardiac arrhythmia evaluation center
CAERS Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition CFSAN
CAEV Caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus
CAF chronic atrial fibrillation
CAFF controlled atrial fibrillation/flutter
CAG chronic atrophic gastritis
closed angle glaucoma
Continuous ambulatory gamma globulin ( infusion )
CaGluc calcium gluconate
CAGE CAGE Alcohol Screening Test
C-have you ever felt the need to cut down on your drinking?
A-have you ever felt annoyed by criticism of your drinking?
G-have you ever felt guilty about your drinking?
E-have you ever taken a drink in the morning?
CAH chronic active hepatitis
CAHB chronic active hepatitis B
CAI carbonic anhydrase inhibitors
carotid artery injury
CAIV cold-adapted influenza virus vaccine
CAL callus
chronic airflow limitation
CALD chronic active liver disease
CALGB Cancer and Leukemia Group B
CALI chromophore-assisted laser inactivation
CALLA common acute lymphoblastic leukemia antigen
CAM campylobacter vaccine
complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
Caucasian adult male
CAMA Chronic and Acute Medical Assistance
CAMCOG Cambridge Cognitive Examination  -a concise neuropsychological test to assist dementia diagnosis
CAMD computer-aided molecular design
CAMs cell adhesion molecules
CAN cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy
CAN-A Certified Nursing Assistant-Advanced
CANC cancelled
CANDA computer-assisted new drug application
CANP Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner
CAO chronic airway obstruction
CaO2 arterial oxygen content
CAOS computer-assisted orthopedic surgery
CaOx calcium oxalate
CAP cancer of the prostate
cellulose acetate phthalate - commonly used polymer phthalate in the formulation of pharmaceuticals, such as the enteric coating of tablets or capsules
CaP cancer of the prostate
Ca/P calcium - phosphorus ratio
CAPA Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse
CAPB central auditory processing battery
CAPD central auditory processing disorder
CAPS Cognitive Affective Personality System
CAPWA computerized arterial pulse waveform analysis
CAR cancer-associated retinopathy
cardiac ambulation routine
carotid artery repair
carotid artery rupture
CA-RA common adductor-rectus abdominis (sx: groin pain)
CARB carbohydrate
CARBO Carbocaine
CARD Cardiac Automatic Resuscitative Device
CARES Cancer Rehabilitation Evaluation System
CARF Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
CARM Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring
C-arm C-arm:  fluoroscopy image intensifier - technique for obtaining live X-ray images
CARN Certified Addiction Registered Nurse
CARN-AP Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice
CARS Childhood Autism Rating Scale
CART classification and regression tree
CAS carotid angioplasty and stenting
carotid artery stenosis
cerebral arteriosclerosis
CASA cancer-associated serum antigen
CaSC carcinoma of the sigmoid colon
CASH chemotherapy-associated steatohepatitis
CASHD coronary arteriosclerotic heart disease
CASL continuous arterial spin labeled
CASP Child Analytic Study Program
CASS computer-aided sleep system
CAST color allergy screening test
CAT Cardiac Arrest Team
Children's Apperception Test - measures aspects of personality, judgment, control and regulation of drives, and degree of autonomy.
CATH catheter
CATT Card agglutination test with stained trypanosomes
CAU Caucasian
CAUTI catheter-associated urinary tract infection
CAV cardiac allograft vasculopathy - long-term complication of heart transplantation
computer-aided ventilation
CAV-1 canine adenovirus type 1
CAVB complete atrioventricular block
CAVC common artrioventricular canal
complete atrioventricular canal
CAVE Content Analysis of Verbatim Explanation
CAVH continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration
CAVHD continuous arteriovenous hemodialysis
CAVR continuous arteriovenous rewarming
CAVS calcified valve stenosis
CAVSD complete atrioventricular septal defect
CAVU continuous arteriovenous ultrafiltration
CB cesarean birth
code blue
c/b complicated by
C & B chair and bed
crown and bridge
CB1 cannabinoid receptor, type 1
CBA chronic bronchitis and asthma
CBAVD congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens
CBC complete blood count
CBCL Child Behavior Checklist
CBCT community based clinical trials
CBD closed bladder drainage
common bile duct
CBDE common bile duct exploration
CBDS common bile duct stones
CBE Changes Being Effected - (FDA regulation)
charting by exception
child birth education
CBF cerebral blood flow
CBFS cerebral blood flow studies
CBFV cerebral blood flow velocity
CBG capillary blood glucose
CBGM capillary blood glucose monitor
CBH collimated beam handpiece
CBI Caregiver Burden Index
continuous bladder irrigation
CBLI cumulative blood lead index
CBM cryopreservation of bone marrow
CBN chronic benign neutropenia
CBP chronic benign pain
CBPS Community Based Prevention Services
CBR carotid bodies resected
chronic bedrest
clinical benefit rate
CBRAM controlled partial rebreathing-anesthesia method
CBRN chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear
CBS Caregiver Burden Screen
Charles Bonnet syndrome
chronic brain syndrome
coarse breath sounds
CBT cognitive behavioral therapy
CBU cumulative breath units
CBV central blood volume
CBZ carbamazepine
CC cardiac catheterization
chief complaint
cerebral concussion
cervical cancer
chart check
critical condition
C/C cholecystectomy with operative cholangiogram (Laparoscopic)
C & C cold and clammy
CCA calcium-channel antagonist
CCAM congenital cystic adenomatoid
CCAP capsule cartilage articular preservation
CCAT common carotid artery thrombosis
CCAVC complete common atrioventricular canal
CCB calcium channel blockers
CCBT Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
CCC Cancer Care Center
central corneal clouding
child care clinic
C/cc colonies per cubic centimeter
CC & C colony count and culture
CCC-A Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology
CCCE Clinical Center Coordinator Educator
CCCN Certified Continence Care Nurse
CCC-SP Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology
CCD charged-coupled device
childhood celiac disease
chin-chest distance
CCE clubbing, cyanosis, and edema
CCF congestive cardiac failure
CCFA cycloserine cefoxitin fructose agar
CCFE cyclophosphamide, cisplatin, fluorouracil and estramustine
CCFs chronic-care facilities
CCG Children's Cancer Group
CCH chronic community care home
CCHB congenital complete heart block
CCHD complex congenital heart disease
CCHO consistent carbohydrate
CCHS congenital central hypoventilation syndrome
CCI chronic coronary insufficiency
CCK cholecystokinin - polypeptide hormone secreted in the small intestine
CCL cardiac catheterization laboratory
critical condition list
CCLE chronic cutaneous lupus erythematosus
CCM calcium citrate malate
cerebral cavernous malformation
Certified Case Manager
children's case management
CCMHC Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor
CCMSU clean catch midstream urine
CCMU critical care medicine unit
CCN continuing care nursery
CCNS cell cycle-nonspecific
CCNU lomustine (CeeNu)
CCO continuous cardiac output
C-collar cervical collar
CCP crystalloid cardioplegia
CCPD continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis
CCR California Cancer Registry
cardiac catheterization recovery
complete cytogenetic remission
Continuity of Care Record
Ccr creatinine clearance
CCRC Certified Clinical Research Coordinator
CC-RCC clear-cell renal-cell carcinoma
CCRN Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse
CCRT combined chemo radiotherapy
CCRU critical care recovery unit
CCS California Children's Services
cell cycle-specific
certified coding specialist
CC & S cornea, conjunctiva, and sclera
CCSK clear cell sarcoma of the kidney
CCSS Childhood Cancer Survivor Study
CCSV cell-cultured smallpox vaccine
CCT carotid compression tomography
central corneal thickness
closed cerebral trauma
closed cranial trauma
CCTGA congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries
CCTV closed circuit television
CCU coronary care unit
critical care unit
CCUA clean catch urinalysis
CCUP colpocystourethropexy -used for persistent urinary incontinence
CCV Critical Care Ventilator
CCW childcare worker
CCWR counterclockwise rotation
CCX complications
CCY cholecystectomy
CD cadaver donor
Crohn's disease
Castleman disease
celiac disease
cervical dystonia
cesarean delivery
character disorder
chemical dependency
childhood disease
Cd cadmium
C/D cigarettes per day
CDAD clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
CDAI Crohn Disease Activity Index
CDAK Cordis Dow Artificial Kidney
CDAP continuous distended airway pressure
CDB cough and deep breath
CDC calculated day of confinement
cancer detection center
Centers for Disease Control
Certified Drug Counselor
CDCC complement-dependent cellular cytotoxicity
CDCP Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDD Certificate of Disability for Discharge
CDE canine distemper encephalitis
common duct exploration
CDER Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
CDFI color Doppler flow imaging
CDG carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein
CDGE constant denaturant gel electrophoresis
CDGP constitutional delay of growth and puberty
CDGS carbohydrate-deficient glycoprotein syndrome
CDH chronic daily headache
congenital diaphragmatic hernia
congenital dislocation of hip
CDI Children's Depression Inventory
clean, dry, and intact
color Doppler imaging
CDIC Clostridium difficile-induced colitis
C Diff Clostridium difficile
CDJ choledochojejunostomy
CDK climatic droplet keratopathy
CDK1 cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor
CDK2 cylcin-dependent kinases 2
CDLC continuous double-loop closure
CDLE chronic discoid lupus erythematosus
CDMS Certified Disability Management Specialist
CDO cartilage disorder
CDP cancer detection program
chemical dependence profile
clinical development plan
CDR cancer detection rate
Cause of Death Registry
clinical data repository
Clinical Dementia Rating
cognitive dietary restraint
CDRH Center for Devices and Radiological Health
CDRS Children's Depression Rating Scale
CDS Chemical Dependency Specialist
clinical decision support (systems)
CDSC Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre
CDSR Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
CDSS Cervical Dystonia Severity Scale
CDSS clinical decision support systems
CDT carbohydrate-deficient transferrin
catheter-directed thrombolysis
Chemical Dependency Technician
clinical development team
CDTM collaborative drug therapy management
CDU chemical dependency unit
CDV canine distemper virus
cDXA central dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (Bone density scanning)
CE cataract extraction
central episiotomy
chest expansion
cardiac enlargement
cardiac enzymes
capillary electrophoresis
C & E consultation and examination
cough and exercise
CEA carcinoembryonic antigen
carotid endarterectomy
CEBV chronic Epstein-Barr virus
CEC capillary electrochromatography
CECA Childhood Experience of Care and Abuse
CECD congenital endothelial corneal dystrophy
CECT contrast-enchanced computed tomography
CED clinically effective dose
Camurati-Engelmann disease
CEDS Certified Eating Disorders Specialist
CEE Central European encephalitis
CEF chick embryo fibroblast
CEFM continuous external fetal monitoring
CEFOT cefotaxime
CEFTAZ ceftazidime
CEFUR cefuroxime
CEI continuous extravascular infusion
CEJ cementoenamel junction
CEL cardiac exercise laboratory
CELIP Claims Expansion Line-item Processing
CELP chronic erosive lichen planus
CEM Clinical Event Manager
CEMD consultative examination by physician
CE-MRA contrast-enchanced magnetic resonance angiography
ceMRI contrast-enchanced magnetic resonance imaging
CEN Certified Emergency Nurse
CENOG Computerized Electro Neuro Ophthalmograph
CEO chief executive officer
CEOT calcifying epithelial odontogenic tumor
CEP cardiac enzyme panel
chronic eosinophilic pneumonia
cognitive evoked potenial
CEPE cataract extraction by phacoemulsification (modern cataract surgery)
CEPH cephalic
CER conditioned emotional response
CE&R central episiotomy and repair
CERA continuous erythropoiesis receptor activator
CERAD Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer Disease
CERD chronic end-stage renal disease
CERT Comprehensive Error Rate Testing
CERULO ceruloplasmin
CERV cervical
CES Cauda equina syndrome
central excitatory state
CESB chronic electrical stimulation of the brain
CES-D Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression
CESI cervical epidural steroid injection
CET common extensor tendon
CETC circulating epithelial tumor cells
CETN Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse
CETP cholesteryl ester transfer protein
CEUS contrast-enchanced ultrasonography
CF cancer-free
cardiac failure
Caucasian female
cystic fibrosis
C & F cell and flare
chills and fever
CFA common femoral artery
CFAC complement-fixing antibody consumption
C-factor cleverness factor
CFCF carbon fiber composite frame cage
CFCs chlorofluorocarbons
CFD color-flow Doppler
CFDS color flow Doppler sonography
CFF critical fusion frequency
CFG comfort function goal
CFH chemical fume hood
CFI chemotherapy-free intervals
CFIDS chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome
CFS cadaveric fascia lata
CFM cerebral function monitor
close fitting mask
CFNS chills, fever, and night sweats
CFOI Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
CFP cystic fibrosis protein
CFR case-fatality rates
CFRB critical findings read back
CFRP carbon-fiber reinforced polymer
CFS cancer family syndrome
Child and Family Service
congenital fibrosarcoma
CFT capillary filling time
CFTR cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator
CFU colony-forming units
CFV common femoral vein
CFVR coronary flow velocity reserve
CFX circumflex artery
CG cardiogreen
contra lateral groin
CGA clonal group A
contact guard assist
Medical Abbreviations – C