Pharmacy Abbreviations Quiz

Pharmacy technicians need to know the most common pharmacy abbreviations.  Questions on prescription abbreviations will definitely be on your PTCB exam.  Our online quiz will test your knowledge on 45 of the most common abbreviations.
Match each abbreviation to it’s definition:

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Question 1
What does sol mean?
A
solvent
B
without
C
solution
D
only
Question 2
What does o.u. mean?
A
by mouth
B
both eyes
C
both ears
D
by rectum
Question 3
What does SL mean?
A
if there is a need
B
solution
C
sublingually
D
left ear
Question 4
What does b.i.d. mean?
A
before meals
B
by mouth
C
twice daily
D
four times per day
Question 5
What does NPO mean?
A
no repeats
B
shortness of breath
C
nothing by mouth
D
not to exceed
Question 6
What does gr. mean?
A
grain
B
grow
C
gram
D
granular
Question 7
What does top. mean?
A
topical
B
total parenteral nutrition
C
teaspoon
D
as needed
Question 8
What does sig mean?
A
signature
B
if there is a need
C
write on label
D
significant
Question 9
What does a.u. mean?
A
left ear
B
both ears
C
both eyes
D
left eye
Question 10
What does SL mean?
A
sublingually
B
subcutaneously
C
subliminally
D
solution
Question 11
What does pulv. mean?
A
powder
B
pulmonary
C
pelvis
D
compound
Question 12
What does disp. mean?
A
ointment
B
discontinue
C
dispense
D
dispense as written
Question 13
What does o.s. mean?
A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left eye
D
left ear
Question 14
What does D.W. mean?
A
divide
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
dextrose 5% solution
Question 15
What does inj mean?
A
injury
B
intravenous
C
injection
D
intradermal
Question 16
What does t.i.d. mean?
A
every other day
B
take as directed
C
two times a day
D
three times a day
Question 17
What does prn mean?
A
every other day
B
through
C
immediately
D
as needed
Question 18
What does q.h. mean?
A
a sufficient quantity
B
every hour
C
every day
D
every night at bedtime
Question 19
What does div. mean?
A
dilute
B
divide
C
divert
D
dispense as written
Question 20
What does DW mean?
A
dextrose in water
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
divide with
Question 21
What does DAW mean?
A
dispense as written
B
5% dextrose in water
C
distilled water
D
divide
Question 22
What does q.s. mean?
A
quantified self
B
every second
C
every night at sunset
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 23
What does gtt mean?
A
three times a day
B
not more than
C
grain
D
drop
Question 24
What does a.m. mean?
A
of each
B
right ear
C
before meals
D
morning
Question 25
What does ad lib. mean?
A
around the clock
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
as desired
Question 26
What does p.c. mean?
A
as needed
B
through
C
at bedtime
D
after meals
Question 27
What does a.d. mean?
A
right ear
B
left ear
C
right eye
D
left eye
Question 28
What does d.t.d. mean?
A
give of such doses
B
three times a day
C
discontinue
D
as desired
Question 29
What does supp mean?
A
support
B
supper
C
suppository
D
suspension
Question 30
What does a.c. mean?
A
around the clock
B
after meals
C
before meals
D
each ear
Question 31
What does aa mean?
A
of each
B
up to
C
after
D
before
Question 32
What does IV mean?
A
international unit
B
intradermal
C
injection
D
intravenous
Question 33
What does q.i.d. mean?
A
four times per day
B
three times per day
C
twice a day
D
as desired
Question 34
What does u.d. mean?
A
as directed
B
once daily
C
until done
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 35
What does ung. mean?
A
lozenge
B
ointment
C
spray
D
syrup
Question 36
What does q.4h mean?
A
4 times per day
B
at 4pm
C
every day before 4pm
D
every 4 hours
Question 37
What does cap. mean?
A
capsule
B
inside cheek
C
capacity
D
cover
Question 38
What does NS mean?
A
normal saline
B
not sufficient
C
nausea
D
nitroglycerin
Question 39
What does stat mean?
A
status
B
immediately
C
as needed
D
unchanged
Question 40
What does tsp mean?
A
teaspoon
B
immediately
C
tablespoon
D
tincture
Question 41
What does IM mean?
A
metered-dose inhaler
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
intramuscular
Question 42
What does mEq mean?
A
microgram
B
milliequivalent
C
milligram
D
milliosmole
Question 43
What does p.o. mean?
A
after meals
B
by mouth
C
powder
D
as needed
Question 44
What does p.r. mean?
A
by mouth
B
by rectum
C
after meals
D
as needed
Question 45
What does g mean?
A
gallon
B
glucose
C
gram
D
grain
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