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