Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Document and Entity Information  
Document Type 10-Q
Document Quarterly Report true
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2019
Document Transition Report false
Entity File Number 1-2189
Entity Registrant Name ABBOTT LABORATORIES
Entity Tax Identification Number 36-0698440
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code IL
Entity Address, State or Province IL
Entity Address, Address Line One 100 Abbott Park Road
Entity Address, City or Town Abbott Park
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 60064-6400
City Area Code 224
Local Phone Number 667-6100
Title of 12(b) Security Common Shares, Without Par Value
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer
Entity Small Business false
Entity Emerging Growth Company false
Entity Shell Company false
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 1,768,455,705
Entity Central Index Key 0000001800
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3
Amendment Flag false
New York Stock Exchange  
Document and Entity Information  
Trading Symbol ABT
Security Exchange Name NYSE
Chicago Stock Exchange  
Document and Entity Information  
Security Exchange Name CHX