# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Patient Care Technician Task 387150554

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Define abbreviations and medical terms.


Definition should include standard/pharmaceutical abbreviations/symbols and the meanings of common Latin and Greek abbreviations, symbols, and acronyms, such as:
  • PRN – as needed
  • G0P0 – grava 0, para 0 (i.e., no pregnancies and no live births)
  • H&P – history and physical
  • ♀ - female
  • ♂ - male
  • DOA – dead on arrival
  • CHF – congestive heart failure
  • bid – twice a day
  • Bx – biopsy
  • Rx – prescription

Process/Skill Questions

  • Why are abbreviations, symbols, and acronyms used in health care?
  • Why are there regional differences in abbreviations, symbols, and acronyms?
  • Why is it important to know a facility’s approved abbreviations list?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will apply knowledge of word origins, derivations, and figurative language to extend vocabulary development in authentic texts.
  1. Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, and antonyms, to understand complex words.
  2. Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.
  3. Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.
  4. Explain the meaning of common idioms, and literary and classical allusions in text.
  5. Extend general and cross-curricular vocabulary through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Other Related Standards

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Medical Spelling


Medical Terminology


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