DNS: On a prescription, Do Not Substitute. If a physician orders a particular drug and writes DNS on the prescription, that tells the pharmacist not to substitute a generic version or any other drug for the prescribed drug.
- Do not resuscitate order
Do not resuscitate order: A request not to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) done if the heart stops or breathing ceases. One can use an advance directive form to make this request or one can tell the doctor to put a DNR order in the medical record. DNR orders are accepted by doctors and hospitals in […]
DOB: Date of birth, an abbreviation that is frequently used in medical charting.
- Dobelle, William H.
Dobelle, William H.: (1941-2004) A biomedical researcher who redesigned the artificial hip, developed a portable breathing pacemaker and an experimental partial vision system for the blind involving transmission of electrical signals to electrodes implanted in the brain. The system used a tiny camera mounted in glasses worn by the blind person. The camera images were […]
Doc: Short and informal for doctor. In a medical context, doc may refer to any medical professional with an MD, a PhD, or any other doctoral degree. The word “doctor” comes from the Latin “docere” meaning to teach. A doctor was a teacher, especially a learned or authoritative one.
Doctor: In a medical context, any medical professional with an MD, a PhD, or any other doctoral degree. The term doctor is quite unspecific. A doctor may, for example, be a physician, psychologist, biomedical scientist, dentist, or veterinarian. In a nonmedical context, a professor of history might be addressed as doctor, an eminent theologian might […]