Find a list of abbreviations used by doctors and lab technicians for blood tests at the website of Newport Natural Health from Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy. The list also provides details about each type of blood test, including the units used and the normal or target ranges of each test.
The list is primarily divided into chemistry panel, lipid panel and complete blood count tests. A chemistry panel, also called a metabolic panel, is used to measure compounds that organs produce, such as albumin in the liver, or compounds the body uses, such as glucose for fuel, according to Dr. Connealy. A lipid panel is used to measure the levels of cholesterol and fats in the blood for the evaluation of heart disease and other medical ailments. Complete blood count tests are used to measure the different kinds of blood cells and may screen for infection or immune problems.