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