Health Slang

The healthcare industry is full of slang terms. Some acronyms and abbreviations are specialized medical terms, while others are used in everyday discussions about nutrition and fitness. Even if you're not a doctor or a nurse, many of the terms below are good to know.

Slang Term Meaning Votes
STDSexually transmitted disease
RxPrescription
Anti-vaxxerA person who opposes vaccines
DMDoctor of Medicine
CPRCardiopulmonary resuscitation
RNRegistered nurse
ADDAttention deficit disorder
ICUIntensive care unit
HIVHuman immunodeficiency virus
PTSDPost-traumatic stress disorder
vaxVaccination
Snapback culturePressure on new moms to snap back to their pre-pregnancy bodies
ACLAnterior cruciate ligament
AIDSAcquired immune deficiency syndrome
STISexually transmitted infection
EMTEmergency medical technician
CHFCongestive heart failure
BMBowel movement
OIOpportunistic infection
OBGYNObstetrics and gynecology
IVFIn Vitro Fertilization
AMAAmerican Medical Association
MDMedical doctor
FDAFood and Drug Administration
PPEPersonal Protective Equipment
Fauci OuchieCOVID-19 vaccine
Perc30Oxycodone, commonly mixed with fentanyl
FluronaHaving both the flu and covid
medsMedications
SIDSSudden infant death syndrome
CDCCenters for Disease Control and Prevention
OBGObstetrics and gynecology
ENTEar, nose, and throat specialist
BLSBasic life support
ALSAdvanced life support
DNRDo not resuscitate
APSAdult protective services
ARFAcute renal failure
EHRElectronic health record
POSPoint of service
Chub rubChafing where your thighs rub together
CAFOConcentrated Animal Feeding Operation
Non-GMOUnvaccinated
AMAAgainst medical advice
DeltaCOVID-19 Delta variant
OmicronCOVID-19 Omicron variant
HWPHeight weight proportionate
PFOPissed and fell over
OOPOut of pocket
HGHHuman growth hormone
ADHDAttention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
EREmergency room
SOBShortness of breath
CADCoronary artery disease
WHOWorld Health Organization
LDLLow-density lipoprotein
ivIntravenous
ACLSAdvanced cardiac life support
AEDAutomated external defibrillator
ARIAcute respiratory infection
TCUTransitional care unit
STELShort term exposure limit
FPLFederal poverty level
EOBExplanation of benefits
BIDTwice a day
Long-haulerA person suffering long-term effects from COVID-19
GOMERGet Out of My Emergency Room
Thumb dayWhen you browse your phone incessantly at the gym
Fire thighsThighs inflamed from chafing
ROMRange of motion
BDDBody dysmorphic disorder
TwindemicA dual pandemic
Long COVIDLong-term COVID-19 symptoms
Never CovidA person exposed to but uninfected by COVID-19
ppdPostpartum depression
DOCDrug of choice
EPOErythropoietin
HMOHealth maintenance organization
ANDAllow natural death
DNIDo not intubate
USFDAUnited States Food and Drug Administration
ALOSAverage length of stay
CICUCardiac intensive care unit
AAAApply to affected area
EDEating disorder
IFIntermittent fasting
NICUNeonatal Intensive Care Unit
STSpeech therapy
SSISurgical site infection
COICertificate of insurance
QEvery
EMRElectronic medical record
CVICerebrovascular insult
OTCOver the counter
PEDPerformance enhancing drug
MCLMedial collateral ligament
BPBlood pressure
PPOPreferred provider organization
PCPPrimary care physician
ITUIntensive treatment unit
CCUCritical care unit
EDEmergency department
AEAccident and emergency
ICNIntensive Care Nursery
VDVenereal disease
HDLHigh-density lipoprotein
PCLPosterior cruciate ligament
LCLLateral collateral ligament
DODoctor of Osteopathy
PTPhysical therapy
CNACertified nursing assistant
HHAHome health aide
EMSEmergency medical services
ALPAssisted living program
AMIAcute myocardial infarction
CDTContinuing day treatment
COPDChronic obstructive pulmonary disease
CRNACertified registered nurse anesthetist
CVACerebrovascular accident
tbTuberculosis
TBITraumatic brain injury
HCAIHealth care associated infection
ACOAccountable care organization
EOCEvidence of coverage
hHour
HSAt bedtime
POBy mouth
CTEChronic traumatic encephalopathy
Anti-vaxAgainst vaccines