Abbreviations and acronyms Joe Segen
Abbreviations and Acronyms
New Medical Terms has created an amazing collection of Abbreviations and Acronyms. This is the largest collection (over 18,000 entries*) of physician-curated abbreviations and acronyms (A&As) on the web. As a general rule, they are to be used sparingly, because of the risk of mistranslation. Many of them are found on Johns Hopkins’ Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database. Our British colleagues appear to be particularly fond of A&As, so I flagged A&As that I found on lists of A&As I found whilst I was in the UK, adding the brief phrase British medicine.
For many of the shorter abbreviations, there are dozens of translations; finding the exact translation of can be difficult and would be based on context.
*It is at least five times larger than that found in other medical lexicons, making this your go-to place for translating abbreviations and acronyms