Document and Entity Information
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2017
Document and Entity Information  
Entity Registrant Name ABBOTT LABORATORIES
Entity Central Index Key 0000001800
Document Type 10-Q
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2017
Amendment Flag false
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 1,737,443,264
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2017
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2