Common Abbreviations (D - E)

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Abbreviation Word or Phrase
D1, D2 ETC First dorsal vertebra, second, etc.
D&C Dilatation and curettage
DC Discharge
DC Discontinued
DCIS Ductal carcinoma in situ
DERM Dermatology
DD Discharge diagnosis
DDX Differential diagnosis
DIAM Diameter
DIFF Differentiated, differential
DIS, DISCH Disease; Discharge
DLS Date last seen
DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid
DNR Do not resuscitate
DO Doctor of Osteopathy
DOA Dead on arrival
DOB Date of birth
DOD Date of death
DOE Dyspnea on exertion
DR (Medical) doctor
DS Discharge
DTR Deep tendon reflex
DX Diagnosis
ECF Extended care facility
ECG, EKG Electrocardiogram
EEG Electroencephalogram
EENT Eyes, ears, nose, & throat
EGD Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
EMG Electromyogram
ENL Enlarged
ENT Ear, nose & throat
EPA Erect (standing), posterior, anterior
ER Emergency room
ER(A) Estrogen receptor (assay)
ERCP Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
EST Electroshock therapy
EUA Exam under anesthesia
EXAM Examination
EXC Excision
EXP LAP Exploratory laparotomy
EXT Extend, extension
EXT External; Extremity

Updated: December 28, 2023