List of medical abbreviations: H

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Abbreviation Meaning
h hour or hours
H histamine or its receptors (if with subscripts)
hemagglutinin
Hx history
HA hypertonia arterialis
headache
calcium hydroxyapatite
H/A headache
HAA hepatitis-associated antigen or #History As Above
HAART highly active antiretroviral therapy
HACE high-altitude cerebral edema
HACEK acronym for a group of bacteria that are a frequent cause of endocarditis in children
HAD HIV-associated dementia
HADS Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale
HAE hereditary angioedema
H/A headache
HAI healthcare-associated infection or hospital-acquired infection
HALE health-adjusted life expectancy
HAPE high-altitude pulmonary edema
HAV hepatitis A virus
Hb hemoglobin
HB heart block
Hb% hemoglobin concentration in gram per deciliter
HbA hemoglobin A (commonest type of hemoglobin)
HbA1c glycosylated hemoglobin (used as a measure of diabetes control)
HBD has been drinking
HbF fetal hemoglobin
HBO hyperbaric oxygen
HBP high blood pressure, that is, hypertension
HbsAg hepatitis B surface antigen
HBV hepatitis B virus
HC head circumference
hemorrhagic colitis
homocysteine
HCA Healthcare Associated, as in HCA-CDI
HCC hepatocellular carcinoma
HCF Healthcare Facility
HCFA Healthcare Facility Associated, as in HCFA-CDI
hCG human chorionic gonadotropin
HCL hairy cell leukemia
HCM hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
healthcare maintenance
Hct hematocrit
HCT hematocrit
hematopoietic cell transplantation
HCRP Hospital Cornea Retrieval Programme
HCTZ hydrochlorothiazide
HD Hodgkin disease
Hemodialysis
Huntington's disease
HCV hepatitis C virus
HDL high-density lipoprotein
HDL-C high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol
HDN hemolytic disease of the newborn
HDU high dependency unit
HDV hepatitis D virus
H&E hematoxylin and eosin, a standard tissue stain
HEENT head, eyes, ears, nose, throat
HELP
HELLP
Hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets (syndrome) (in pregnancy)
HEMA hydroxy ethyl methacrylate, a material in soft contact lenses
Hema hematest – e.g. hema (-) – fecal occult blood
HES hydroxyethyl starch
HETE hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid
HEV hepatitis E virus
HF heart failure
HFM hand, foot and mouth disease
HFMD hand, foot and mouth disease
HFRS hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome
HGB hemoglobin
HGSIL high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion
HGV hepatitis G virus
HGPRTase hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyl transferase
HH hiatus hernia
H/H or H&H hemoglobin and hematocrit
HHT hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectisia
HHV human herpesvirus
(including numerous subtypes such as HHV8)
HI homicidal ideation
Hib haemophilus influenzae B
HIDA hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid
HIDS hyper-IgD (and periodic fever) syndrome
HIT heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
HIV human immunodeficiency virus
HL hepatic lipase
Hodgkin's lymphoma
hearing level
HLA human leukocyte antigen
HLD Hyperlipidemia
HLHS hypoplastic left heart syndrome
H&M hematemesis and melena
HMD hyaline membrane disease
HMG human menopausal gonadotropin
HMG-CoA 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA
HMGR 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-CoA reductase
H-mole hydatidiform mole
HMS hyperreactive malarial splenomegaly
HMSN hereditary motor sensory neuropathy
HN hemagglutinin-neuraminidase
HND hemolytic disease of the newborn
HNPCC hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer
H/O history of ...
HOB head of bed (usually followed by number of degrees of elevation, e.g., HOB 10°)
HOCM hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy
HONK hyperosmolar nonketotic coma
HOPI History of present illness
HoTN Hypotension
H&P history and physical examination (which very often are considered as a pair)
HPA hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
HPETE hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid
HPF high-power field (microscopy)
HPI
H/oPI
history of the present illness
HPOA hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy (clubbing)
hPL human placental lactogen (same as human chorionic somatomammotropin)
HPS hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
HPV human papillomavirus
HR heart rate
hr hour or hours
HRCT High-resolution computed tomography
HRT hormone replacement therapy
h.s. at bedtime (from Latin hora somni)
hs hours of sleep
H→S heel-to-shin test
HSC human chorionic somatomammotropin (same as human placental lactogen)
HSG hysterosalpingogram
HSIL high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion
HSM hepatosplenomegaly
HSP Henoch-Schönlein purpura
HSV herpes simplex virus
HT hypertension
Ht height
HTLV human T-lymphotropic virus
HTN hypertension
HTPA hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis
HTVD hypertensive vascular disease
HUS hemolytic uremic syndrome
HVA homovanillic acid
HVLT high-velocity lead therapy (facetious term for gunshot wound)
Hx history (of)