Browse Medical Abbreviations

b both; buccal; bilateral; bicuspid; born; twice
B black; Boron (element); bacillus
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; bronchoalveolar cells
bact bacterial
BAEP brainstem auditory evoked potentials
BAER brainstem auditory evoked response
BAHA bone anchored hearing aid
bal balance
BAL bronchoalveolar lavage; British anti-Lewisite; blood alcohol level
Band banded neutrophil
barbs barbiturates
Baso basophil
BB breakthrough bleeding
BBB bundle branch block; blood-brain barrier
BBP blood-borne pathogens
BBS bilateral breath sounds
BBT basal body temperature
BBW black box warning
BC breast cancer; bone conduction; board certified; birth control
BCA bichloroacetic acid
BCC basal cell carcinoma
BCCP breast and cervical cancer (treatment) program
BCCTP breast and cervical cancer (treatment) program
BCE basal cell epithelioma; 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; behavioral disorder; birth date; brain dead
BDD body dysmorphic disorder
BDI beck depression inventory
BDNF brain-derived neurotrophic factor
Be Beryllium (element)
BE Barium enema; board-eligible; below elbow; base excess; Barrett esophagus
BEA below-the-elbow amputation
BEAM brain electrical activity mapping
BED binge eating disorder
BEE basal energy expenditure
beg begin, began, beginning
BEq bioequivalence
bet between
BF breast feed(ing); boyfriend
BFP biological false-positive; of a pregnancy test big fat positive
BFR blood flow rate
BG blood glucose; basal ganglia
bGH bovine growth hormone
BGM blood glucose monitoring
BH behavioral health
BHA beta hydroxy acid
BHS behavioral health services; beta-hemolytic streptococci
BHU behavioral health unit
Bi Bismuth (element)
BI brain injury
BIB brought in by
bib. drink
BIBA brought in by ambulance
bicarb (Sodium) bicarbonate
bid twice a day (bis in die)
BIDS bedtime insulin and daytime sulfonylureas
BIH bilateral inguinal herniorrhaphy; bilateral inguinal hernia; benign intracranial hypertension
bil bilateral
bilat bilateral
bili bilirubin
bin twice a night (bis in noctis)
biol biologic
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 bleeding
bl. blood
bld blood
BLE bilateral lower extremities; both lower extremities
BLL blood lead level
BLS basic life support
BM body mechanics; Bachelor of Medicine; bowel movement; bone marrow
BMA British Medical Association; bone marrow aspiration
BMC bone mineral content; bone marrow cells
BMD bone mineral density
BME biomedical engineering
BMI body mass index
BMK birthmark
BMP basic metabolic panel; bone morphogenetic protein
BMPs bone morphogenetic proteins
BMR basal metabolic rate
BMS burning mouth syndrome; bone marrow suppression
BMT bone marrow transplantation
BNF British National Formulary
BNP brain natriuretic peptide; B-type natriuretic peptide
BO bowel obstruction; body odor
BOA born out of asepsis; behavioral observation audiometry
BOH board of health
bol. pill (bolus)
BOM bilateral otitis media
BOS bacterial overgrowth syndrome; base of support
bot bottle; bottom
BOT base of tongue
BP base pair; blood pressure; bullous pemphigoid
BPA bisphenol A
BPAD bipolar affective disorder
BPD borderline personality disorder; biparietal diameter; bronchopulmonary dysplasia; bipolar disorder
BPd blood pressure, diastolic
BPH benign prostatic hypertrophy; benign prostatic hyperplasia; hypertrophy
BPharm Bachelor of Pharmacy
bpm beats per minute
BPP biophysical profile
BPPV benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
BPRS brief psychiatric rating scale
BPS bilateral partial salpingectomy
BPs blood pressure, systolic
BPV benign positional vertigo
Br Bromine (element)
BR bed rest
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 modifier
BROW barley, rye, oats, and wheat
BRP bathroom privileges
BRU biomedical research unit
BS bowel sounds; bone surface; blood sugar; breath sounds
BS&O bilateral salpingectomy and oophorectomy
BSA body surface area; bovine serum albumin
BSB breath sounds bilateral
BSC biological safety cabinet; bedside commode
BSc Bachelor of Science
BSE bovine spongiform encephalopathy; breast self-examination
BSF basal skull fracture
BSI blood stream infection; body substance isolation
BSL blood sugar level; biosafety level
BSLE bullous systemic lupus erythematosus
BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing; bowel sounds normal
BSO bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
BSOM bilateral serous otitis media
BSS balanced salt solution
BST breast stimulation test; blood serological test
BSU base service unit
Bt Bacillus thuringiensis
BT bioterrorism; bleeding time; brain tumor
BTB breakthrough bleeding
BTBV beat to beat variability
BTE behind the ear (heading aids)
BTFS breast tumor frozen section
BTL bilateral tubal ligation
BTLS basic trauma life support
BTP bladder training program
BTW by the way
btw. between
BU Bethesda unit; Burn Unit
BUdR bromodeoxyuridine
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