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.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
every day
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every night at bedtime
Question 2
What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
ointment
C
dispense
D
dispense as written
Question 3
What does p.r. mean?

A
by rectum
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
by mouth
Question 4
What does q.4h mean?

A
every day before 4pm
B
4 times per day
C
every 4 hours
D
at 4pm
Question 5
What does o.s. mean?

A
left ear
B
right eye
C
left eye
D
right ear
Question 6
What does SL mean?

A
left ear
B
if there is a need
C
solution
D
sublingually
Question 7
What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
not more than
C
grain
D
three times a day
Question 8
What does q.s. mean?

A
every night at sunset
B
every second
C
a sufficient quantity
D
quantified self
Question 9
What does div. mean?

A
dilute
B
divide
C
dispense as written
D
divert
Question 10
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
by mouth
C
twice daily
D
before meals
Question 11
What does stat mean?

A
as needed
B
status
C
unchanged
D
immediately
Question 12
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
every other day
C
two times a day
D
three times a day
Question 13
What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
dextrose 5% solution
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 14
What does NPO mean?

A
not to exceed
B
nothing by mouth
C
shortness of breath
D
no repeats
Question 15
What does tsp mean?

A
immediately
B
teaspoon
C
tablespoon
D
tincture
Question 16
What does p.c. mean?

A
as needed
B
after meals
C
at bedtime
D
through
Question 17
What does a.m. mean?

A
of each
B
before meals
C
morning
D
right ear
Question 18
What does IV mean?

A
injection
B
intradermal
C
intravenous
D
international unit
Question 19
What does inj mean?

A
injection
B
intradermal
C
injury
D
intravenous
Question 20
What does pulv. mean?

A
compound
B
pelvis
C
powder
D
pulmonary
Question 21
What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
both eyes
C
by rectum
D
by mouth
Question 22
What does a.c. mean?

A
each ear
B
before meals
C
after meals
D
around the clock
Question 23
What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
divide with
Question 24
What does SL mean?

A
subcutaneously
B
subliminally
C
sublingually
D
solution
Question 25
What does sol mean?

A
only
B
without
C
solution
D
solvent
Question 26
What does a.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
left eye
C
left ear
D
both ears
Question 27
What does prn mean?

A
every other day
B
immediately
C
through
D
as needed
Question 28
What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
not sufficient
C
normal saline
D
nausea
Question 29
What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gallon
C
grain
D
gram
Question 30
What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
capsule
C
inside cheek
D
capacity
Question 31
What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
of each
C
after
D
before
Question 32
What does supp mean?

A
support
B
suppository
C
supper
D
suspension
Question 33
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
twice a day
B
three times per day
C
four times per day
D
as desired
Question 34
What does a.d. mean?

A
left eye
B
right eye
C
left ear
D
right ear
Question 35
What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
injection
C
intramuscular
D
metered-dose inhaler
Question 36
What does gr. mean?

A
granular
B
grow
C
gram
D
grain
Question 37
What does mEq mean?

A
microgram
B
milliequivalent
C
milliosmole
D
milligram
Question 38
What does sig mean?

A
if there is a need
B
signature
C
significant
D
write on label
Question 39
What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
divide
C
distilled water
D
dispense as written
Question 40
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
after meals
C
around the clock
D
as needed
Question 41
What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
lozenge
C
spray
D
ointment
Question 42
What does top. mean?

A
teaspoon
B
topical
C
total parenteral nutrition
D
as needed
Question 43
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
give of such doses
C
discontinue
D
as desired
Question 44
What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
until done
C
once daily
D
as directed
Question 45
What does p.o. mean?

A
as needed
B
powder
C
after meals
D
by mouth
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