The wonderful world of medical slang


Ever caught medical student’s syndrome? Or come across a googlechondriac on ward rounds? If you haven’t a clue what we are on about check out the slang list below. Essentially the urban dictionary for Medical Students. Got any slang to add? Email us with your additions!

ALS – Absolute Loss of Sanity

Appy – a person’s appendix or a patient with appendicitis

Bloodsuckers — medical workers who regularly take blood samples

Bug Juice – antibiotics

Bugs in the rug – pubic lice

Bobbing for apples – unblocking a badly constipated patient with your finger

Chocolate hostage — a patient who is constipated

Clinic unit — a way to covertly discuss a patient’s weight (1 clinic unit = 200 pounds)

Cock Doc – urologist

Code brown – A bed full of poop. “Got a Code Brown in 214.”

Code Yellow – a patient who has lost control of their bladder

DOMA — (stands for “Day Off, My Ass”) when residents are given a “day off” but can’t leave work until noon and have to come back the “next day,” which is a few hours later

ECU — (stands for “Eternal Care Unit”) a euphemism for death; i.e. “My patient was transferred to the ECU”

Frequent flyer — a patient who visits the ER regularly for minor health problems

Googlechondriac – someone who googles everything that is wrong with them

Hollywood code — calls for a fake resuscitation for a patient with no hope of being saved, usually for the benefit of loved ones

Incarceritis — a prisoner who fakes an illness so they get sent to the hospital

Medical student’s syndrome – having a fear of or preoccupation with serious illness

NFB – Normal for Barnsley

PITA — (stands for “Pain In The Ass”) a warning to other nurses that a patient or relative is particularly uncooperative

Status dramaticus — a fake Latin term for patients anxious patients who believe they are extremely ill or dying when they’re not; a play on status asthmaticus, a severe asthma attack that doesn’t respond to usual treatment

Stream team — a team of urologists

To cheech — to order every possible test in order to diagnose an illness

TTFO – Told To Fuck Off

Weekend syndrome — when doctors filling in for colleagues on the weekend refuse to make any major medical decisions

Whiney primey — a first-time mother-to-be who repeatedly comes to the hospital, thinking she’s in labor when she’s not

Zebra — an extremely rare diagnosis, usually made my internists who might overlook more routine illnesses

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