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Definition of AKA (above the knee amputation)

AKA (above the knee amputation): In general usage, this would be read to mean "also known as." For example, William Jefferson (aka "Bill") Clinton. However, in medical parlance, AKA means "above the knee amputation." A nurse scrubbing for an AKA is getting ready to assist in an above-knee amputation.

AKA is as opposed to BKA, a below-the-knee amputation.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=8113
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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