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Glossary of Abbreviations

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B/S Balance sheet
b.u.v.beschlossen und verkndet
B&L Bausch & Lomb (US optical manufacturer)
B&S Brown and Sharp (wire gauge)
BAB Bundesautobahn
BAe British Aerospace
BAE Behind-armor effect
BAEEN-a-benzoyl-L-arginine ethyl ester hydrochloride
BAK Blutalkoholkonzentration
BALBritish Anti-Lewisite; 2,3-dimercaptopropanol
BAM Bunedesanstalt fuer Materialpruefung
BAM Bacteriological Analytical Manual (US FDA)
BANBritish Approved Name (pharmaceuticals)
BANIN-a-benzoyl-DL-arginine-p-nitroanilide hydrochloride
BAPBacterial alkaline phosphatase
BAPPBetaamyloid Precursor Protein(Alzheimer's disease
BAR Browning Automatic Rifle (US army, adopted 1918)
BASFChemical Co.; originally Badische Anilin- und Soda Fabrik
BATFBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (US)
BBPellet sizes, used in 'BB guns' or shot charges
BBBase bleed (artillery projectile)
BBBeveled base (bullet)
BBBulleted breech, an obsolete very low-power .22 cal. cartridge
BBC Brombenzyl cyanide (tear gas)
BBC British Broadcasting Company
BBL Baltimore Biological Laboratories (supplier of microbial media)
BBN 9-borabicyclo[3.3.1]-nonane
BBO Beta Barium Borate
BBS Biological, Behavioral and Social Sciences
BBSBorate-buffered saline solution
BBS Bulletin Board System (computer)
BCGBacillus Calmette-Guerin
BCIP5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolyl phosphate
BCSBiopharmaceutics Classification System
BDBorder disease
BDTBreakthrough Detection Time (safety glove rating)
BEA Bureau of Export Administration (US Dept. of Commerce)
BEDOBurst EDO (extended data out RAM)
BER Bit Error Rate
BES N,N-bis[2-hydroxyethyl]-2-aminoethanesulfonic acid (buffer)
BET Bacterial Endotoxins Test
BEVS Baculovirus expression vector system
BFO Beat frequency oscillator
BFSBlow-Fill-Seal (form, fill, and seal containers in-line)
BGABall Grid Array (printed circuit board production method)
BGABall Grid Array (printed circuit board production method)
BGABundesgesundheitsamt / Federal Health Authority (Now RKI)
BGBBrgerliches Gesetzbuch/Civil Code
BHA Butylated Hydroxyanisole(antioxidant)
BHAPBis-heteroaryl-piperazines (a class of AIDS drugs)
BHIBrain-Heart Infusion (bacterial medium)
BHK Baby hamster kidney
BHP Brake Horsepower
BHP Brake Horsepower
BHT Butylated Hydroxytoluene (antioxidant)
BIBackward Incline (centrifugal blower)
Bia Benzimidazolylalanine
BIAMBundesinstitut fr Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte
BIASBismuth active substance
BICINEN,N-bis[2-hydroxyethyl]glycine (buffer)
BImSchG Bundesimmissionsschutzgesetz
BINDBiomolecular Interaction Network Database
BIOBiotechnology Industry Organization
BIOSBasic input/output system
BIS-TRISbis-[2-hydroxylethyl]imino-tris[hydroxymethyl]methane (buffer)
BLABiologic License Application
BLASTBasic Local Alignment Search Tool (program for database searching)
BLEVE Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion
BLR Blindado Ligero de Ruedas
BMCBulk molding compound
BMGBuffered minimal glycerol (culture medium)
bmim1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium (cation)
BMMBuffered minimal methanol (culture medium)
BMR Blindado Medio de Ruedas
BMSBorane-methyl sulfide complex
BMT Bone Marrow Transplant(ation)
BNC A type of coaxial cable connector
BNFBritish National Formulary
BOC tert-butoxycarbonyl
BOCABuilding Officials and Code Administrators, International
BOD Biological oxygen demand(BOD5: 5-day BOD)
BOM Benzyloxymethyl
BOP (Benzotriazol-1-yloxy-tris(dimethylamino)-phosphonium hexafluorophosphate
BOPC(bis(2-keto-2-oxazolidinyl)phosphine chloride)
BPBlood pressure
BPBritish Pharmacopoeia
bpbase pair(s) (in DNA)
BPBBromphenol blue
BPCBritish Pharmacopoeia Commission
BPCC2,2'-bipyridinium chlorochromate
BPFBritish Plastics Federation
BPH Benign prostatic hyperplasia
BPS Belgian Pain Society
BRD(C)Bovine respiratory disease (complex)
BSBronchial Secretion
BSA Birmingham Small Arms (England)
BSA Bovine Serum Albumin
BSABoy Scouts of America
BSC Bench Scale Calorimeter
BSCBiological Safety Cabinet
BSCCOBismuth strontium calcium copper oxide
BSEBovine spongioform encephalopathy
BSHBenzenesulfonyl hydrazide
BSI British Standards Institution
BST Bovine Somatotrophin
BSTFABis(trimethylsilyl) trifluoroacetamide
BTBlue tetrazolium
BTBoat-tail (bullet)
BTBBromthymol blue
BTDABenzophenonetetracarboxylic (acid) Dianhydride
BTEACBenzyltriethylammonium chloride
BTEEN-benzoyl-L-tyrosine ethyl ester
BTEXBenzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes
BTX Benzene, Toluene, Xylene (may be considered to include ethylbenzene)
BUN Blood Urea Nitrogen
BVD Bovine viral diarrhea
BVDsA brand of long woolen underwear
BVDVBovine viral diarrhea virus
BWBiological Warfare
BWC Biological Weapons Convention
BXSymbol for flexible armored electrical cable

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