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abbreviation

ab·bre·vi·a·tion

/əˌbrēvēˈāSHən/

Noun

Shortened medical terms. The advantage of shortening the written document is obvious, but frequently that advantage is outweighed by the disadvantage of potential mistakes or confusion resulting from the misunderstanding of abbreviations. If there is any doubt as to the use of a medical term or abbreviation, should spell out the word in its entirety.