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What I really don't understand is the reason why were those abbreviations such as Dx, Fx, Hx, Sx, Tx created by using "x"? I mean why an alphabet such as "D" followed by "x" means an abbreviation for diagnosis. Why does "x" mean an abbreviation? I can imagine that perhaps "x" means something special. But why should it be "x", not "y"?
Do you agree that this "x" might be somewhat related to the old symbol "Rx" referring to prescription?
I would appreciate it if you would provide me with some more information on my question.
a belgian med student
Anonymous:Mabye the x is just meant to mean variable.
Anonymous:The x indicates period. It signifies that the preceding letter is an abbreviation.
Anonymous:Rx originates from "Recipe For..." the name of the compound or medication. "Recipe For" then became abbreviated to "R4" and then to "Rx."
Anonymous:According to my teachers-
Anonymous:From my experience with the medical community over the years is that the 'x' in the abbreviation has more to do with latin than any specific relationship to the word. I don't understand why Prescription then would be Px...
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