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 most jurisdictions, including all states in the U.S.
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 […]
- Docosahexaenoic acid
Docosahexaenoic acid: DHA. An essential fatty acid, thought to be important to the development of infants, particularly as regards their eyes and brain. DHA is present in breast milk and has been added to some infant formulas. Postnatal DHA may improve vision and some cognitive functions in infants and toddlers. DHA is an omega-3, polyunsaturated, […]