Definition of R (symbol)
R (symbol): This much-used symbol has many meanings in medicine. They include:
- Respiration: a nurse's note of "R20" is shorthand for 20 respirations (breaths) per minute.
- Right: A doctor's note of a burn on the "R digit 5" places the burn on the right little finger or toe.
- Roentgen, an international unit of X-radiation or gamma-radiation.
- In chemistry, a radical.
- On a prescription, R (or Rx), recipe, which is Latin for "to take".
Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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