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 pharmacy abbreviations quiz is a great way to test your knowledge on 45 of the most common abbreviations that are used on prescriptions.


Directions: Match each pharmacy abbreviation to it's definition.

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Question 1
What does q.4h mean?

A
every day before 4pm
B
every 4 hours
C
at 4pm
D
4 times per day
Question 2
What does p.c. mean?

A
through
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
at bedtime
Question 3
What does ad lib. mean?

A
after meals
B
as desired
C
around the clock
D
as needed
Question 4
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
take as directed
C
two times a day
D
every other day
Question 5
What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
by mouth
C
after meals
D
as needed
Question 6
What does NPO mean?

A
no repeats
B
nothing by mouth
C
shortness of breath
D
not to exceed
Question 7
What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
divide
C
distilled water
D
dispense as written
Question 8
What does NS mean?

A
normal saline
B
not sufficient
C
nitroglycerin
D
nausea
Question 9
What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
dextrose 5% solution
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 10
What does cap. mean?

A
capacity
B
inside cheek
C
cover
D
capsule
Question 11
What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solvent
C
solution
D
only
Question 12
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
ointment
C
dispense
D
discontinue
Question 13
What does prn mean?

A
as needed
B
immediately
C
every other day
D
through
Question 14
What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
injection
C
metered-dose inhaler
D
intramuscular
Question 15
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
four times per day
C
twice a day
D
as desired
Question 16
What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
compound
C
pelvis
D
powder
Question 17
What does DW mean?

A
divide with
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
dextrose in water
Question 18
What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
both eyes
C
by rectum
D
by mouth
Question 19
What does a.u. mean?

A
left ear
B
left eye
C
both ears
D
both eyes
Question 20
What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 21
What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
grain
C
drop
D
not more than
Question 22
What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
granular
D
grow
Question 23
What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
subcutaneously
C
subliminally
D
sublingually
Question 24
What does sig mean?

A
if there is a need
B
significant
C
write on label
D
signature
Question 25
What does p.r. mean?

A
after meals
B
by mouth
C
as needed
D
by rectum
Question 26
What does div. mean?

A
divide
B
divert
C
dilute
D
dispense as written
Question 27
What does IV mean?

A
international unit
B
intravenous
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 28
What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
suspension
C
support
D
supper
Question 29
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
teaspoon
C
tablespoon
D
immediately
Question 30
What does g mean?

A
grain
B
glucose
C
gallon
D
gram
Question 31
What does SL mean?

A
if there is a need
B
sublingually
C
solution
D
left ear
Question 32
What does a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
around the clock
C
each ear
D
after meals
Question 33
What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
milliequivalent
C
microgram
D
milliosmole
Question 34
What does aa mean?

A
before
B
after
C
of each
D
up to
Question 35
What does q.h. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every day
C
every night at bedtime
D
every hour
Question 36
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
give of such doses
B
discontinue
C
as desired
D
three times a day
Question 37
What does q.s. mean?

A
every night at sunset
B
every second
C
a sufficient quantity
D
quantified self
Question 38
What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
spray
C
lozenge
D
ointment
Question 39
What does top. mean?

A
as needed
B
total parenteral nutrition
C
teaspoon
D
topical
Question 40
What does u.d. mean?

A
as directed
B
until done
C
a sufficient quantity
D
once daily
Question 41
What does inj mean?

A
intravenous
B
injection
C
injury
D
intradermal
Question 42
What does stat mean?

A
immediately
B
unchanged
C
status
D
as needed
Question 43
What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
right eye
D
right ear
Question 44
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
before meals
B
by mouth
C
twice daily
D
four times per day
Question 45
What does a.m. mean?

A
of each
B
before meals
C
morning
D
right ear
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