Browse Medical Abbreviations

d date; right; day; density
D deceased; dose; distal; diopter
D Bili direct bilirubin
D&A drug and alcohol
D&C dilation and curettage
D&D dehydration and diarrhea
D&E dilation and evacuation
D&O diagnostic and observation
D&V diarrhea and vomiting
D-Bili direct bilirubin
D-Pen d-penicillamine
D/A date of admission
D/B date of birth
D/C discharge; discontinue
D/NS dextrose in normal saline
d/t due/to
d/w discussed with
d4t stavudine
D5NS 5% dextrose in normal saline
D5W 5% dextrose in water
DA developmental age; dopamine
DAD diffuse alveolar damage
DAH diffuse alveolar hemorrhage; disordered action of the heart
DAI diffuse axonal injury
DALY disability-adjusted life year
DAPE data, assessment, plan, evaluation
DAPT dual antiplatelet therapy
DARE data, action, response, education; Drug & Alcohol Resistance Education
DAS Disease Activity Score
DASE Denver Articulation Screening Examination
DASH dietary approaches to stop hypertension (meal plan)
DAT diet as tolerated
dau daughter
DAW dispense as written
dB decibel (measurement of sound volume)
DB double-blind
DB&C deep breathing and coughing
dBP diastolic blood pressure
DBS dorsal blocking splint; deep brain stimulation
DBT dialectal behavioral therapy; digital breast tomosynthesis
DC discharge; direct current; Doctor of Chiropractic; discontinue
DCAP-BTLS deformity, contusions, abrasions, punctures/penetrations, burns, tenderness, lacerations, swelling
DCC direct current cardioversion
DCCV direct current cardioversion
DCIS ductal carcinoma in situ
DCM dilated cardiomyopathy
dcSSc diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis
DCT distal convoluted tubule
DD delivery date; developmental disability; differential diagnosis; dry dressing
DDAVP desmopressin acetate
ddC zalcitabine
DDD defined daily dose
DDH developmental dysplasia of the hip
ddI didanosine
dDNA denatured DNA
DDS Doctor of Dental Surgery
DDST Denver Developmental Screening Test
DDx differential diagnosis
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
dec deceased
dec'd deceased
DECA Devereux Early Childhood Assessment
decr decrease(d)
decub decubitus (lying down)
def deficiency
defib defibrillation
deg degree
del delivery, delivered
dep dependent
dept department
deriv derive, derivative
Derm dermatology
DES diethylstilbestrol; drug eluting stent
desc descent, descending
det. let it be given (detur)
dev develop(ment)
DEXA dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry
DF dorsiflexion
DFA direct fluorescent antibody; direct fluorescence assay
DFR dialysate flow rate
DFS disease-free survival; doppler flow studies
DFSP dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
DFV doppler flow velocimetry
DG dorsal gluteal
dg decigram (one tenth of a gram)
dgm decigram (one tenth of a gram)
DH dermatitis herpetiformis; drug history; Dental Hygienist
DHA Docosahexaenoic acid
DHEA dehydroepiandrosterone
DHEAS dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate
DHS dynamic hip screw
DHT dihydrotestosterone
DHx drug history
DI diabetes insipidus
diab diabetes
diag diagnosis
diagm diagram
diam diameter
DIB difficulty in breathing
DIC disseminated intravascular coagulation
DID dissociative identity disorder
dieb. alt. every other day (L. diebus alternis)
DIF direct immunofluorescence
dif differential blood count
DIFA automated differential
Diff differential
Dig digitalis
dig digoxin
dil dilation; dilatation
dil. dilute(d)
DILS diffuse infiltrative lymphocytosis syndrome
dim dimension
dim. halved
DIND delayed ischemic neurological deficit
DIP distal interphalangeal (joint); desquamative interstitial pneumonia
DIP joint distal interphalangeal joint
diph diphtheria
DIPJ distal interphalangeal joint
dir direction; director; direct
DIRA deficiency of the interleukin-1-receptor
dis disabled; discontinue; disease; discussed
disc discontinue
disch discharge
DISCUS dyskinesia identification system condensed user scale
DISH diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis
DISIDA diisopropyl iminodiacetic acid (cholescintigraphy)
disloc dislocate, dislocation
disp dispense
dissd dissolved
dissem disseminated
dist distribute; distal
div divide, division
DJD degenerative joint disease
DKA diabetic ketoacidosis
dkm decameter
dL deciliter (100 ml)
DL direct laryngoscopy
DL-PICC double lumen peripherally inserted central catheter
DLE discoid lupus erythematosus
DLH double lumen hickman
DLS dynamic lumbar stabilization
DLSO distal lateral subungual onychomycosis
DLV delavirdine (antiviral drug)
DLVC double lumen vascular catheter
dm decimeter (100 mm, 0.1 m)
DM dermatomyositis; dextromethorphan; diabetes mellitus
DMAC disseminated mycobacterium avium complex
DMARD disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug
DMAT disaster medical assistance team
DMD Duchenne's muscular dystrophy; Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry
DME durable medical equipment
DMEM Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium
DMI diaphragmatic myocardial infarction
DML distal motor latency
DMPA depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate
DMR differentially methylated region
DMSA 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid; dimercaptosuccinic acid
DMSO dimethylsulfoxide
DN dibucaine number
DNA deoxyribonucleic acid; does not apply
DNAR do not attempt resuscitation
DNH do not hospitalize
DNI do not intubate
DNKA did not keep appointment
DNP do not publish
DNR do not resuscitate
DNS deviated nasal septum
DNT did not test
DO director of operations; doctor's orders; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
DOA date of admission; dead on arrival; duration of action
DOB date of birth
DOC deoxycorticosterone; drug of choice
DOD date of death
DOE design of experiment; dyspnea on exertion; date of exam
DOH department of health
DOI date of injury; digital object identifier; diffuse optical imaging
DOL department of labor
dom dominant
DOMS delayed onset muscle soreness
DON director of nursing
DOPT directly observed preventative therapy
DORV double-outlet right ventricle
dos dose, dosage
DOS date of service
DOT directly observed therapy; diffuse optical tomography
DOTS directly observed treatment, short course
DP dorsalis pedis; Doctor of Podiatry; distal pulses; dorsalis pedis artery
DPA dual-photon absorptiometry
DPAP diastolic pulmonary artery pressure
DPat diphtheria-acellular pertussis tetanus (vaccine)
DPGN diffuse proliferative glomerulonephritis
DPH Doctor of Public Health; Department of Public Health
DPI dry powder inhaler
DPL diagnostic peritoneal lavage
DPM Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
DPPC dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine
DPT diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (vaccine)
DQ developmental quotient
DR diagnostic radiography; delivery room; delayed release (medication)
dr. dram
Dr. doctor
DRD dopa-responsive dystonia
DRE digital rectal examination
DRESS drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms
DRF drip rate factor
DRG diagnosis-related group
DRI daily/dietary reference intake; Dietary Reference Intake
DRVVT dilute Russell viper venom time
DS drug substance; degenerative spondylolisthesis; Down's syndrome
DSA digital subtraction angiography
DSBR double-strand break repair
DSC Doctor of Surgical Chiropody
dsDNA double-stranded DNA
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
DSM-IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition
DSM-V Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition
DSMB data and safety monitoring board
DSPS delayed sleep phase syndrome; diagnostic, screening and preventive services
DST dexamethasone suppression test; decision support tool
DSW Doctor of Social Work
DT delirium tremens; diphtheria and tetanus toxoids
DTAD drain tube attachment device
DTaP diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis
DTH delayed-type hypersensitivity
DTIC dacarbazine
DTP diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (vaccine); direct-to-patient; developmental therapeutics program
DTR Dietetic Technician, Registered; deep tendon reflex(es)
DTs delirium tremens/tremors
DU diagnosis undetermined; duodenal ulcer
DUB dysfunctional uterine bleeding
DUE drug usage evaluation
DUI driving under the influence
dup duplication, duplicate
DUR drug utilization review
DV double vision; domestic violence; daily value (nutrition)
DV/SA domestic violence/sexual assault
DVD digital video disc; developmental verbal dyspraxia
DVI deep venous insufficiency
DVM Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
DVR division of vocational rehabilitation
DVT deep vein thrombosis
DW distilled water
DW-MRI diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging
DWI diffusion-weighted imaging; driving while intoxicated
DWM Dandy Walker malformation
DWV Dandy-Walker variant
Dx diagnosis
DXA dual x-ray absorptiometry
DXM dextromethorphan
DXR digital X-ray radiogrammetry
DXT radiotherapy
Dy dysprosium [element]
Dz disease