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 a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
each ear
C
after meals
D
around the clock
Question 2
What does q.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every day
D
every night at bedtime
Question 3
What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
dispense as written
C
ointment
D
dispense
Question 4
What does gr. mean?

A
gram
B
grow
C
grain
D
granular
Question 5
What does p.r. mean?

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

A
solution
B
subliminally
C
subcutaneously
D
sublingually
Question 7
What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
at 4pm
C
4 times per day
D
every day before 4pm
Question 8
What does sol mean?

A
solution
B
without
C
only
D
solvent
Question 9
What does o.s. mean?

A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 10
What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gallon
C
grain
D
gram
Question 11
What does cap. mean?

A
inside cheek
B
capacity
C
capsule
D
cover
Question 12
What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
both eyes
C
both ears
D
left ear
Question 13
What does D.W. mean?

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

A
milligram
B
milliequivalent
C
microgram
D
milliosmole
Question 15
What does DW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
distilled water
C
dextrose in water
D
divide with
Question 16
What does prn mean?

A
every other day
B
immediately
C
through
D
as needed
Question 17
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
four times per day
C
twice a day
D
three times per day
Question 18
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
as needed
C
around the clock
D
after meals
Question 19
What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
by rectum
C
both eyes
D
by mouth
Question 20
What does NPO mean?

A
shortness of breath
B
no repeats
C
nothing by mouth
D
not to exceed
Question 21
What does supp mean?

A
support
B
suspension
C
suppository
D
supper
Question 22
What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
write on label
C
significant
D
if there is a need
Question 23
What does SL mean?

A
left ear
B
sublingually
C
solution
D
if there is a need
Question 24
What does top. mean?

A
total parenteral nutrition
B
topical
C
as needed
D
teaspoon
Question 25
What does div. mean?

A
dilute
B
divide
C
divert
D
dispense as written
Question 26
What does aa mean?

A
after
B
up to
C
of each
D
before
Question 27
What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
not more than
C
grain
D
drop
Question 28
What does IV mean?

A
injection
B
intravenous
C
intradermal
D
international unit
Question 29
What does ung. mean?

A
ointment
B
lozenge
C
spray
D
syrup
Question 30
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
discontinue
B
three times a day
C
give of such doses
D
as desired
Question 31
What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
nausea
C
normal saline
D
not sufficient
Question 32
What does p.c. mean?

A
through
B
as needed
C
at bedtime
D
after meals
Question 33
What does DAW mean?

A
distilled water
B
divide
C
5% dextrose in water
D
dispense as written
Question 34
What does stat mean?

A
immediately
B
as needed
C
status
D
unchanged
Question 35
What does IM mean?

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

A
of each
B
morning
C
right ear
D
before meals
Question 37
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
twice daily
B
four times per day
C
by mouth
D
before meals
Question 38
What does inj mean?

A
injection
B
intravenous
C
intradermal
D
injury
Question 39
What does p.o. mean?

A
as needed
B
after meals
C
powder
D
by mouth
Question 40
What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
pulmonary
C
pelvis
D
compound
Question 41
What does a.d. mean?

A
right ear
B
left ear
C
right eye
D
left eye
Question 42
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
two times a day
C
every other day
D
three times a day
Question 43
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
immediately
C
teaspoon
D
tablespoon
Question 44
What does u.d. mean?

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

A
every night at sunset
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every second
D
quantified self
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