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Acronyms and abbreviations in English.

An acronym is a word or name formed as an abbreviation from the initial components of a phrase or a word, usually individual letters. There are no universal standards for the multiple names for such abbreviations or for their orthographic styling.


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There are 482 terms in this directory beginning with the letter C.
c (as c 1700)
circa, 'about'

C-DAC
Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (India)

c. (as 19th c.)
century

c.a.d.
cash against documents (Zahlung gegen Dokumente)

c.b.d.
1. cash before delivery.
2. cash before documents.

C.F.S.
Container Freight Station (Container-Packstation)

C.G.C.
Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

C.I.
Consular Invoice (Konsulatsfaktura)

c.l.
car load (Waggonladung)

C.N.M.I.
Common wealth of Northern Mariana Islands

C.O.D.
cash on delivery (Zahlung bei Lieferung) (=Nachnahme)

C.O.S.
cash on shipment (Zahlung bei Verschiffung)

C.R.
Company's Risk (auf Gefahr der Firma)

C.T.
1. cable transfer
2. ( c.t. ) - conference terms

C.Y.
Container Yard (Containerdepot)

C/C
clean credit ( (ungesicherter) Bankkredit)

c/i
certificate of insurance (Versicherungszertifikat)

C/O
1. Care Of (for sending mail)
2. ( c/o ) - care of (on letters: at the address of)
3. ( c/o ) - cash order (Sichtanweisung)

C/P
Charter Party (Charter-Partie)

C/R
Company's Risk (auf Gefahr der Firma)

c/s
cases (Kisten, Kartons)

c/w
commercial weight (Handelsgewicht)

C&B
Crash & Burn

C&F
cost and freight

C&I
Commercial and Idustrial (waste)

C&U
1. Construction & Use Regulations.
2. Construction and Use.

CA
1. Competent Authority.
2. Compromise Amendment.
3. Administrative Board Cen.
4. Civic Amenity (Site,now household waste recycling centre).
5. Countryside Agency.
6. Canada.

CAA
1. Civil Aviation Authority.
2. Clean Air Act (1990).

CAAM
China Association of Automobile Manufacturers

CAC
1. Consumer Affairs Committee.
2. Channel Amplitude Class.
3. Call (or Connection) Admission Control.

CAD
1. Capital Adequacy Directive CBOE - Chicago Board Options Exchange (US).
2. Computer Aided Design.

CADET
Cant Add, Doesnt Even Try

CAE
Computer Aided Engineering

CAESAR
Civilian American and European Surface Anthropometry Resource

CAFE
1. Clean Air for Europe.
2. Corporate Average Fuel Economy.

CAGR
Compound Annual Growth Rate

Cal
calendar

Cal.
(in titles) Calendar

Calc
calculus

Calend
calendar

Calif
California

Calligr
calligraphy

CAM
1. Computer Aided Manufacturing.
2. Computer Aided Machining.

Camb
Cambridge

Cambr
Cambridge

Cambr.
(in titles) Cambridge

Campanol
campanology

Canad
Canadian

Canad.
Canadian

Canterb
Canterbury

CAP
Catabolic gene activator proteins

CAPEX
Capital Expenditure (Investitionsauszahlung)

CAQ
Computer Aided Quality assurance

CARB
Californian Air Resources Board

CARE
Consortium For Automotive Recycling

CARS
CASCADE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

CARS 21
Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21-st Century

Cartogr
cartography, cartographic(al)

CAS
Centre for Auto Safety (USA)

CASE
Computer Aided Software Engineering

CAT
1. Convention Against Torture.
2. Customer Acceptance Testing.

Cat.
Catalan

catachr.
catachrestically

Catal
catalogue

Catal.
(in titles) Catalogue

CATCH
Come Again? That Cant Help!

Catech
catechism

Cath
Catholic

CATI
computer assisted telephone interview

CATP
Committee for Adaption to Technical Progress

CATs
Corrective Action Teams

CB
Call Back

CBA
Cost Benefit Analysis

CBCP
Center Beam Candle Power

CBI
1. Confederation of British Industry.
2. Confidential Business Information.

CBM
Condition Bases Maintenance

CBOT
Chicago Board of Trade (US)

CBR
California Bearing Ratio

CBT
computer-based testing

CCA
1. Climate Change Agreement.
2. Compliance Cost Assessment (now RIA).

CCC
1. Canadian Computing Competition.
2. Commodity Credit Corporation (US).
3. Camping & Caravan Club.

CCK
chole cystokinin

CCL
1. Climate Change Levy.
2. Compacted Clay Liner.

CCP
Commercial Customer Programme

CCR
Californian Code of Regulations

CCSS
Common Core State Standards

CCT
Compulsory Competitive Tendering [now best value]

CCTV
Close Circuit Television

CD
1. Compact Disc.
2. Congo (Democratic Republic).
3. Cluster of differentiation.
4. certificate of deposit.
5. Consolidated Document.

CD-ROM
Compact Disc-Read Only Memory

CDG
Carriage of Dangerous Goods

CDG/CPL
Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road & Rail (classification, packaging & labelling) regs 1994 and 1996

CDGRail
Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail

CDGRoad
Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road

CDI
1. compact disc interactive.
2. Common-rail Diesel Injection.

CDL
Commercial Drivers Licence

CDM
Clean Development Mechanism (withing kyoto protocol art 12)

CDR
Critical Design Review

CE
1. Creative Editing.
2. customer edge.
3. customer equipment.

CEA
1. Commodity Exchange Authority (US, replaced by CFTC in 1975).
2. Combustion Engineering Association.

CEC
1. European Coordinating Council for the Development of Performance Tests for Lubricants and Engine Fuels.
2. Commission of the European Communities.

CED
Common European Demonstrators

CEEFC
Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (Australia)

CEFIC
European Chemical Industry Council

CEFR
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

CEHLM
Centre of Expertise on Leardership in Health Management

CEI (IEC)
International Electro Technical Commission

CELS
Center for Legal and Social studies

Celt.
Celtic

CEMA
European Committee of Associations of Manufacturers of Agricultural Machinery

CENELEC
European Committee for Electrical / Electrotechnical Standardisation

Cent
1. central.
2. century.
3. ( cent ) - century

Cent.
(in titles) Century, Central

Cent. Dict.
Century Dictionary

CEO
chief executive officer

CEOF
Campus Electron Optics Facility (OSU)

CEPE
European Council of the Paint, Printing, Ink and Artists Colours Industry

CEPI
Confederation of European Paper Industries

Ceram
ceramics

CERD
Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Cert
certificate

Certif
certificate

CEST
Centre for Exploitation of Science & Technology

cf.
confere (lat.)

Cf., cf.
confer, 'compare'

CFA
1. confirmatory factor analysis.
2. Consumer Federation of America.

CFBAC
Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council

CFC
Channel Frequency Class

CFD
1. Call For Discussion.
2. Computational Fluid Dynamics.

CFEIS
Certification and Fuel Economy Information System

CFERs
Consolidated Funds Extra Receipts

CFF
Clean Fuel Fleet

CfiT
Commission for Integrated Transport

CFP
Call For Papers

CFPP
Cold Filter Plugging Point (diesel)

CFR
1. Code of Federal Regulations.
2. Cooperative Fuel Research.
3. Cost and Freight

CFT
1. Charge Flow Transistor.
2. Conformal Field Theory.
3. Conformal Fuel Tank.
4. Cross File Transfer.

CFV
1. Clean Fuel Vehicle.
2. Critical Flow Venturi.
3. Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles Division.
4. Call For Votes.

CG
1. Centre of Gravity.
2.Congo (Republic).

CGEG
Center on Global Economic Governance

CGF
Core Grammatical Function

CGI
Compact Graphite Iron

CGP
1. Cumulative Grade Point.
2. Cumulative Grading Pattern.

CGR
Centre de Gestion des Radiocommunications

CGU
Cash Generating Unit (Zahlungsmittelgenerierende Einheit)

Ch.
Church

ch. ppd.
charges prepaid (Kosten vorausbezahlt)

Ch.Hist
Church history

CHA
Cliff Hanger Antenna

Chamb
chamber

Char
character

Charac
character

Chas
Charles

Chem.
(as label) in Chemistry; (in titles) Chemistry, - ical

Chem.Engin
chemical engineering

Chesh
Cheshire

CHIEF
Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight

CHMR
Center for Health Management Research (University of Washington at Seattle)

CHMSL
Central High Mounted Stop Light

CHOM
Center for the History of Medicine

CHOWUR
see (C) HOW you are

CHP
1. California Highway Patrol.
2. Combined Heat & Power.

CHPA
Combined Heat & Power Association

Chq.
cheque (Scheck)

Chr
1. Christian.
2. (in the Bible) Chronicles.

Chr.
(in titles) Christian

Chron
1. chronology, chronicle.
2. (in the Bible) Chronicles

Chron.
(in titles) Chronicle

Chronol
chronology

Chronol.
(in titles) Chronology, -ical

Chrons
chronicles

CHSP
1. College in High School Program (University of Pittsburgh).
2. Community Health Scholars Program (University of Michigan).

CHUR
see (C) How you are

CIA
1. Chemical Industries Association.
2. Central Intelligence Agency.

CIAO
Goodbye

CIASS
Center for Intercultural Advancement & Student Success

CIC
Christ, Im Confused

CIDADEC
International Confederation of Experts and Consultants

CIDI
Compression Ignition Direct Injection

CIE
International Committee of Illumination

CIEF
Construction Industry Environmental Forum

CIF
cost, insurance, freight (Kosten, Versicherung und Fracht)

CIFAS
Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study

CIG
Canadian Institute of Geomatics

CIGGT
Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport

CILG
Component Industry Liaison Group

CIM
1. Computer Integrated Machining.
2. Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
3. Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

CIMAH
Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards Regs 1984 (as amended)

CIME
Creativity and Innovation in Micro Enterprise

Cinemat., Cinematogr.
in Cinematography

Cinematogr
cinematography, cinematographic(al)

CIO
Cut It Out

CIOMS
Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences

CIP
1. Cataloging-in-Publication.
2. Construction In Process.

CIPFA
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting

Circ
circle

CIRIA
Construction Industry Research & Information Association

CIRR
Commercial Interest Referenca Rate (Handels-Referenzzinssatz)

CIS
1. Compuserve Information Service.
2. Commonwealth of Independent States (Former USSR).

CITA
International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee

CITB
Construction Industry Training Board

CITES
Conventionon International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

CITs
Continous Improvement Teams

Civ.Law
civil law

Civil Engin
civil engineering

CIWEM
Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management

CIWM
Chartered Institute of Wastes Management

CIXS
Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer

CK
Cook Islands

CKWRI
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

CL
1. Chile.
2. Comfort Luxe.
3. ( cl ) - clause
4. ( Cl ) - club

cl. L.
classical Latin

CLAB
Crying Like A Baby

Class
classical

Class.Antiq
classical antiquities

Classif
classification

CLAW
Control of Lead at Work regs 1990 & ACoP

CLC
Commercial Letter of Credit (Kreditbrief)

CLC-C
Cell line cross contamination

CLCVTC
Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Technical Commtittee

CLEAR
Campaign for Lead-Free Air

CLEDIPA
Liaison Committee of EEC Automobile Parts Wholesalers

CLEE
1. Center for Law, Energy & the Environment.
2. Center for Lifelong Engineering Education.

CLEPA
Liaison Committee for the Manufacture of Automobile Equipment & Spare Parts

CLER
Classification & Labelling of Explosive Regulations 1983

CLEUD
Certificate of Lawfulness of Existing Use or Development

Climatol
climatology

Clin
clinical

Clin.
(in titles) Clinical

CLIP
ClassicalI PandARP over ATM

CLL
College Station Easterwood Airport code.Texas,USA.

CLNA
Cours de Langue de Niveau Avance

CLOAKA
Canonical List Of All Known Acronyms

CLP
Cell Loss Priority

CLRTAP
Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution

CLV
Customer Lifetime Value

CM
1. Cameroon.
2. Configuration Management.
3. ( cm ) - centimetre

CMBS
Collision Mitigation Braking Systems

CMC
Car Multimedia Committee

CMEA
Council for Mutual Economic Aid

CMF
Capital Modernisation Fund

CMHC
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CMI
1. Cell mediated Immunity.
2. Champaign Airport code. Willard Airport. Illinois,USA.

CMIIW
Correct Me If Im Wrong

CMMI
Capability Maturity Model Integration

CMP
Configuration Management Plan

CMPS
Centre for Management and Policy Studies

CMR
Carcinogenic Mutagenic Reprotoxic

CMV
Commercial Motor Vehicle

CMVSA
Commerical Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (USA)

CMVSS
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

CMWS
1. Cambridge Medical Writing Services.
2. Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (Coastal Carolina University).

CNA
copy number alteration

CNAPS
Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies

CNC
Computerised Numerical Control

CNG
Compressed Naturale Gas

CNMI
Common wealth of Northern Mariana Islands

CNN
CableNewsNetwork

CO
1. Conference.
2. Colombia.
3. ( Co ) - company

COCOMO
COnstructive COst MOdel

COD
1. Chemical Oxygen Demand.
2. Cash On Delivery.
3. Certificate of Destruction (for vehicles).

CODES
Crash Outcome Data Evaluation Systems (USA)

COE
Center of Excellence

COER
Control of Explosives Regulations

COGENT
CO-Develepment Re Generations Tools

cogn. w.
cognate with

cogn.w
cognate with

COIF
Certificate of Initial Fitness

Col
1. colonel.
2. (in the Bible) Colossians.

Col.
(in titles) Colonel, Colony

Coll
1. collected, collection.
2. college.

Coll.
(in titles) Collection

collect
1. collective(ly).
2. collection.

collect.
collective, -ly

colloq
1. colloquial(ly).
2. colloquies.

colloq.
colloquial, -ly

Coloss
(in the Bible) Colossians

COMAH
Control of Major Accident Hazards

Comb
combination(s)

comb.
combined, -ing

comb.form
combining form

Combs
combinations

COMEAP
Committee of the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants

Comm
1. commerce, in commercial usage.
2. common.
3. commentary.
4. commission.
5. committee.

Comm.
in Commercial usage

Comm.Law
commercial law

Commandm
commandment

Commend
commendation

Commerc
commercial

COMMET
Council of Mechanical & Metal Trade Association

Commiss
commission

Commonw
commonwealth

Communic
communication(s)

Communic.
in Communications

Comp
1. companion.
2. company.
3. ( comp ) - comparative.
4. ( comp ) - compound
5. ( comp ) - composition.

comp.
compound, composition

Comp.Anat
comparative anatomy

Compan
companion(s)

Compan.
(in titles) Companion

compar
comparative

compar.
comparative

Compend
compendium, compendious

Compl
1. complete
2. ( compl ) - complement

compl.
complement

Compos
composition

Conc
1. concise
2. ( conc ) - concerning

Conc.
(in titles) Concise

CONCAWE
Conservation of Clean Air and Water in Europe (oil companies)

Conch
conchology

Conch.
in Conchology

Concl
conclusion

concr
concrete(ly)

concr.
concrete, -ly

Conf
1. conference
2. confession

Conf.
(in titles) Conference

Confid
confidential

Confl
conflict

Confut
confutation

Congr
congress

Congr.
(in titles) Congress

Congreg
congregation

Congress
congressional

conj
1. conjugation.
2. conjunction.

conj.
conjunction

Conn
1. Connaussement.
2. Connecticut.

cons
consonant

cons.
consonant

Consc
conscience

Consecr
consecrated, consecration

Consid
consideration(s)

Consol
consolation

const
construction, construed with

const.
construction, construed with

Constit
constitution(al)

Constit.Hist
constitutional history

Constr
construction

Contemp
contemporary

Contempl
contemplation

contempt
contemptuous(ly)

Contend
contending(s)

Content
contention

Contin
continuation

contr
1. contracted, contraction.
2. contrasted (with).

contr.
contrast (with)

Contradict
contradiction

Contrib
contribution

Contrib.
(in titles) Contribution

Controv
1. controversial.
2. controversy.

Conv
convention

Convent
convention

Conversat
conversation

Convoc
convocation

COP
Conformity of Production

CoPA 1974
Control of Pollution Act

CORA
Chemical & Oil Recovery Association

Cornw
Cornwall

Coron
coronation

Corr
correspondence

Corr.
(in titles) Correspondence

corresp.
corresponding (to)

COSHH
Control of Substances Hazardours to Health Regulations 1994 (UK)

COSINE
Coordinated Survey Information Network Exchange (Ontario, CA)

CoSL
Council of Student Leaders

COSVAM
Coalition of Small Volume Automonile Manufacturers (USA)

COTFLG
Crawling On The Floor Laughing Guts Out and Having A Heart Attack

COTFLGOHAHA
Crawling on the Floor Laughing Guts Outand Having a Heart Attack

Cotgr.
R. Cotgrave, Dictionarie of the French and English tongues

COTR
Contracting Officers Technical Representative

Counc
council

Courtsh
courtship

CP
Cloud Point

CPA
1. Cost Per Action.
2. Cost Per Acquisition.
3. Crime Prevention Agency.

CPC
1. Coordinated Pollution Control.
2. Certificate of Professional Competence.
3. Cost per click.

CPCS
Common Part Convergence Sublayer

cpd.
compound

CPDS
Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

CPE
Customer premises (orprovided) equipment

CPF
Can Pigs Fly?

CPHI
Center for Public Health Initiatives

CPI
Cost Per Impression

CPM
Cost Per Mile

CPNP
College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists

CPO
Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist

CPOS
Formerly Country Planning Officers Society (now planning officers society)

CPP
critical process parameter

CPPA
Center for Public Policy & Administration (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

CPS
1. Certified Prevention Specialist.
2. Cycles Per Second, Archaic expression SeeHertz per second.

CPSC
Consumer Product Safety Commission (USA)

CPT
1. Confederation Of Passenger Transport UK (formerly bus and coach council).
2. carriage paid to.

CQD
Come Quick Danger

CQO
Chief Quality Officer.

CR
1. Costa Rica.
2. Change Request.

CR-LDP
Constraint-based Routing Label Distribution Protocol

CRA
Central Registration Administrator

CRABI
Child Restraint & Airbag Interaction (task force)

CRADA
cooperative research and development agreement

CRAFT
Cant Remember A****ing Thing

Craniol
craniology

Craniom
craniometry

CRASH
Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (USA)

CRC
1. clinical research coordinator.
2. Committee on the Rights of Child.

CRDF
Coarse refuse derived fuel (as opposed to densified rdf)

CREED
Collaborative research in the economics of environment & development

CREST
1. Citizens Radio Emergency Service Teams.
2. Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology.

CRF
1. case report form.
2. corticotrophin-releasing factor.
3. Child Restraint Fixture.

CRH
Adrenocorticotropic hormone releasing hormone

CRI
Capital Receipts Initiative

Crim
criminal

Crim.Law
criminal law

Crit
1. critical.
2. criticism.

Crit.
(in titles) criticism, critical

CRM
1. Customer Relationship Management.
2. Customer Relationship Model.

CRN
Crime Reference Number

CRNR
Center for Really Neat Research

CROSS
Comprehensive Road Surrounding Simulation

CRP
1. Conservation Reserve Program.
2. Corpus Christi Airport Code. Texas,USA.
3. Co-operative Research Program.

CRPG
Character (or computer) Role Playing Game

CRRI
1. Central Road Research Institute (India).
2. Complimentary Rotary regular internship.

CRS
Child Restraint System

Crts
courts

Cryptogr
cryptography

Cryst.
in Crystallography

Crystallogr
crystallography

CS
1. Cop Shop (policestation).
2. Customer Service.
3. Central Secretariat (ISO).

CSA
1. Canadian Standards Association.
2. Chemical Safety Assessment.

CSC
Complex Stative Construction

CSCE
Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe

CSCM
Collaborative Supply Chain Management

CSDD
Road Traffic Safety Directorate (Latvia)

CSDI
1. Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior.
2. Comparative Survey Design and Implementation.

CSE
1. Comparison Shopping Engine.
2. Custom Search Engine (Google).

CSERGE
Centre for Social & Economic Research on the Global Environment

CSFTE
Civil Service Full Time Equivalent

CSHS
1. Canadian Society for Horticultural Science.
2. Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences.

CSIS
Centre for Strategic and International Studies

CSISS
Center for Spatial Information Science and Systems

CSNI
Czech Standards Institute

CSO
Car Seat Only (child restraints)

CSR
1. cell switching router.
2. Corporate Social Responsibility.
3. Chemical Safety Report (under reach).

CSRS
Child Safety Restraints System

CSS
Cascading Style Sheet

CSY
Cant Stop Yawning

CT
1. Computed Tomography.
2. Current Transformer.
3. ( ct ) - Cent
4. ( Ct ) - count.
2. ( Ct ) - court

CTA
1. Commercial Trailers Association.
2. Community Transport Association.

CTP
Composite Test Procedure

CTR
Click Through Rate

CTRL
Channel Tunnel Rail Link

CTSN
Center for Translational Social Neuroscience

CTTD
Cute Things They Do

CTTS
Cute Things They Say

CU
1. see you.
2. Cracking Up.
3. Cuba.

CUDO
Common University Data Ontario

CUL
1. see you Later.
2. Catch You Later (Goodbye).

CUL8R
see(C) yoU LateR (L8R)

CUL8TR
see(C) yoU LaTeR (L8TR)

Cumb
Cumberland

Cumberld
Cumberland

Cumbld
Cumberland

CUNA
Italian Standards Organisation

CURB
Communities Using Resources Better

CURS
Computerised Vehicle and Routing Scheduling Systems

CUSA
Connection and Use of System Agreement

CutS
Cutting Simulation

CV
1. Cape Verde.
2. Compressed Video.
3. Calorific Value.
4. Commercial Vehicle.

CVBB
Commercial Vehicle Bodybuilders Section

CVMS
Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers Section

CVP
Canada VigilanceProgram

CVRA
Commercial Vehicle Racking Association

CVSA
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (USA)

CW
1. Working Capital.
2. Curb Weight.
3. continuous wave signal mode.

CWA
Cen Workshop Agreement

CWRC
1. Center for Womens Reproductive Care (Columbia University).
2. Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (London).

CWWG
Crashworthiness Working Group

CWYL
Chat With You Later

CX
Christmas Island

CY
Cyprus

Cycl
cyclopaedia

Cycl.
(in titles) Cyclopaedia, -ic

CYL
see(C) You Later

Cytol
cytology, cytological

Cytol.
(in titles) Cytology, -ical

CZ
Czech Republic

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