Abbreviations Used in Medical Prescriptions

Partial list of prescription abbreviations Abbreviation aa ad a.c. a.d. ana ad ante cibum auris dextra ad libitum admove agita alternis horis Latin Meaning of each up to before meals right ear use as much as one desires; freely apply stir/shake every other hour ampule amount aqua water auris laeva, auris sinistra left ear around the clock auris utraque bis bis in die both ears twice twice daily bowel movement as a large single dose (usually intravenously) blood sugar body surface areas bucca cap
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