List of medical abbreviations: H

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Abbreviation Meaning
hhr or hours
Hhistamine or its receptors (if with subscripts)
HAhypertonia arterialis
calcium hydroxyapatite
HAAhepatitis-associated antigen or #History As Above
HAARThighly active antiretroviral therapy
HACAhuman anti-chimeric antibody
HACEhigh-altitude cerebral edema
HACEKacronym for a group of bacteria that are a frequent cause of endocarditis in children
HADHIV-associated dementia
HADSHospital Anxiety and Depression Scale
HAEhereditary angioedema
HAIhealthcare-associated infection or hospital-acquired infection
HALEhealth-adjusted life expectancy
HAPEhigh-altitude pulmonary edema
HAVhepatitis A virus
HBheart block
Hb%hemoglobin concentration in gram per deciliter
HbAhemoglobin A (commonest type of hemoglobin)
HbA1cglycosylated hemoglobin (used as a measure of diabetes control)
HBDhas been drinking
HbFfetal hemoglobin
HBOhyperbaric oxygen
HBPhigh blood pressure, that is, hypertension
HbsAghepatitis B surface antigen
HBVhepatitis B virus
HChead circumference
hemorrhagic colitis
HCAHealthcare Associated, as in HCA-CDI
HCAPhealth care-associated (or acquired) pneumonia
HCChepatocellular carcinoma
HCFHealthcare Facility
HCFAHealthcare Facility Associated, as in HCFA-CDI
hCGhuman chorionic gonadotropin
HCLhairy cell leukemia
HCMhypertrophic cardiomyopathy
healthcare maintenance
hematopoietic cell transplantation
HCRPHospital Cornea Retrieval Programme
HCVhepatitis C virus
HDHodgkin disease
Huntington's disease
HDLhigh-density lipoprotein
HDL-Chigh-density lipoprotein-cholesterol
HDNhemolytic disease of the newborn
HDShemodynamically stable (i.e., not bleeding)
HDUhigh dependency unit
HDVhepatitis D virus
HDWHemoglobin Distribution Width
H&Ehematoxylin and eosin, a standard tissue stain
HEhepatic encephalopathy
HECHigh emetogenic chemotherapy
HEENThead, eyes, ears, nose, throat
Hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets (syndrome) (in pregnancy)
HEMAhydroxy ethyl methacrylate, a material in soft contact lenses
Hemahematest – e.g. hema (-) – fecal occult blood
HEShydroxyethyl starch
HETEhydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid
HEVhepatitis E virus
HFheart failure
HFpEFheart failure with preserved ejection fraction
HFrEFheart failure with reduced ejection fraction
HFMhand, foot and mouth disease
HFMDhand, foot and mouth disease
HFNChigh flow Nasal cannula
HFRShemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
HGSILhigh-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion
HGVhepatitis G virus
HGPRTasehypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl transferase
HHhiatus hernia
H/H or H&Hhemoglobin and hematocrit
HHSHyperosmolar hyperglycemic state
HHThereditary hemorrhagic telangiectisia
HHVhuman herpesvirus
(including numerous subtypes such as HHV8)
HIhomicidal ideation
Hibhaemophilus influenzae B
HIDAhepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid
HIDShyper-IgD (and periodic fever) syndrome
HITheparin-induced thrombocytopenia
HIVhuman immunodeficiency virus
HLhepatic lipase
Hodgkin's lymphoma
hearing level
HLAhuman leukocyte antigen
HLHShypoplastic left heart syndrome
H&Mhematemesis and melena
HMDhyaline membrane disease
HMGhuman menopausal gonadotropin
HMGR3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase
H-molehydatidiform mole
HMShyperreactive malarial splenomegaly
HMSNhereditary motor sensory neuropathy
HNDhemolytic disease of the newborn
HNPspinal disk herniation or herniated disk, that is, herniated nucleus pulposus
HNPCChereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer
H/Ohistory of ...
HOBhead of bed (usually followed by number of degrees of elevation, e.g., HOB 10°)
HOCMhypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
HONKhyperosmolar nonketotic state
HOPIHistory of present illness
H&Phistory and physical examination (which very often are considered as a pair)
HPAhypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
HPETEhydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid
HPFhigh-power field (microscopy)
history of the present illness
HPOAhypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy (clubbing)
hPLhuman placental lactogen (same as human chorionic somatomammotropin)
HPShantavirus pulmonary syndrome
HPVhuman papillomavirus
HRheart rate
hrhour or hours
HRS Hepatorenal syndrome
HRASHarvey rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog
HRCTHigh-resolution computed tomography
HRThormone replacement therapy bedtime (from Latin hora somni)
hshours of sleep
H→Sheel-to-shin test
HSChuman chorionic somatomammotropin (same as human placental lactogen)
HSCTHematopoietic stem cell transplantation
HSILhigh-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion
HSPHenoch–Schönlein purpura
HSVherpes simplex virus
HTLVhuman T-lymphotropic virus
HTPAhypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
HTVDhypertensive vascular disease
HUShemolytic uremic syndrome
HVAhomovanillic acid
HVLThigh-velocity lead therapy (facetious term for gunshot wound)
Hxhistory (of)
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