Browse Medical Abbreviations

B
B bacillus; Boron (element)
b born; both; buccal; twice
B&C board and care (home)
B-Med behavioral medicine
b.i.d. twice a day
b.i.n. twice a night (bis in noctis)
B/O because of
B0 riboflavin
B1 Thiamin
B4 Pyridoxine
B7 folic acid
Ba Barium (element)
BAC blood alcohol concentration
bact bacterial
BAER brainstem auditory evoked response
BAHA bone anchored hearing aid
BAL blood alcohol level; bronchoalveolar lavage
bal balance
Band banded neutrophil
barbs barbiturates
Baso basophil
BB breakthrough bleeding
BBB blood-brain barrier; bundle branch block
BBP blood-borne pathogens
BBS bilateral breath sounds
BBT basal body temperature
BBW black box warning
BC birth control; board certified
BCA bichloroacetic acid
BCC basal cell carcinoma
BCC(T)P breast and cervical cancer (treatment) program
BCE bone collagen equivalents
BCG Bacille Calmette-Guerin (vaccine)
BCLS basic cardiac life support
BCM body cell mass
BCNSP Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist
BCOP Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist
BCP birth control pill(s)
BCPP Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist
BCPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
BD Buerger disease; birth date
BDI beck depression inventory
Be Beryllium (element)
BE Barium enema
BEA below-the-elbow amputation
BEE basal energy expenditure
beg begin, began, beginning
BEq bioequivalence
bet between
BF boyfriend; breast feed(ing)
BFR blood flow rate
BG blood glucose
BGM blood glucose monitoring
BH behavioral health
BHS beta-hemolytic streptococci; behavioral health services
BHU behavioral health unit
Bi bismuth
BIB brought in by
bib. drink
BIBA brought in by ambulance
bid twice a day (bis in die)
BIDS bedtime insulin and daytime sulfonylureas
BIH benign intracranial hypertension; bilateral inguinal herniorrhaphy; bilateral inguinal hernia
bil bilateral
bilat bilateral
bili bilirubin
bin twice a night (bis in noctis)
BIOT biotinidase deficiency
BiPAP bilevel positive airway pressure
bisp. bispinous diameter (interspinous diameter)
BK below the knee
BKA below knee amputation
BL bilateral
Bl blood
bl. blood
bld blood
BLE both lower extremities
BLL blood lead level
BLS basic life support
BM bowel movement; bone marrow; body mechanics
BMA bone marrow aspiration
BMC bone marrow cells; bone mineral content
BMD bone mineral density
BME biomedical engineering
BMI body mass index
BMK birthmark
BMP basic metabolic panel
BMR basal metabolic rate
BMS bone marrow suppression
BMT bone marrow transplantation
BNP brain natriuretic peptide
BO bowel obstruction
BOA born out of asepsis
BOH board of health
bol. pill (bolus)
BOM bilateral otitis media
BOS base of support
bot bottom; bottle
BOT base of tongue
BP base pair; blood pressure; bullous pemphigoid
BPAD bipolar affective disorder
BPD bronchopulmonary dysplasia; bipolar disorder; biparietal diameter
BPH benign prostatic hyperplasia; benign prostatic hypertrophy; hypertrophy
bpm beats per minute
BPP biophysical profile
BPPV benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
BPRS brief psychiatric rating scale
BPS bilateral partial salpingectomy
Br Bromine (element)
brady bradycardia
BRAIDED benefits, risks, alternatives, inquiries, decision, explanation, documentation
BRAT bananas, rice, applesauce, toast (diet)
BRB bright red blood
BRBPR bright red blood per rectum
BRC biomedical research center
BRM biological response modifiers
BROW barley, rye, oats, and wheat
BRP bathroom privileges
BRU biomedical research unit
BS breath sounds; bowel sounds; blood sugar
BS&O bilateral salpingectomy and oophorectomy
BSA body surface area; bovine serum albumin
BSB breath sounds bilateral
BSC bedside commode; biological safety cabinet
BSE breast self-examination
BSL biosafety level; blood sugar level
BSLE bullous systemic lupus erythematosus
BSN bowel sounds normal
BSO bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BSOM bilateral serous otitis media
BSS balanced salt solution
BST breast stimulation test
BSU base service unit
Bt Bacillus thuringiensis
BT bioterrorism
BTB breakthrough bleeding
BTBV beat to beat variability
BTE behind the ear (heading aids)
BTFS breast tumor frozen section
BTL bilateral tubal ligation
BTP bladder training program
btw. between
BU Bethesda unit
BUE both upper extremities
BUM back-up method
BUN blood urea nitrogen
BUS Bartholin's, Urethral, and Skene's glands
BV bacterial vaginosis
BVT bilateral ventilation tube(s)
BW birth weight; body weight
BWS battered woman syndrome
Bx biopsy