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 D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 2
What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
through
C
as needed
D
every other day
Question 3
What does disp. mean?

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

A
before meals
B
of each
C
morning
D
right ear
Question 5
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
twice a day
C
four times per day
D
as desired
Question 6
What does q.s. mean?

A
quantified self
B
every second
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every night at sunset
Question 7
What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
after meals
Question 8
What does gr. mean?

A
gram
B
grow
C
grain
D
granular
Question 9
What does stat mean?

A
as needed
B
unchanged
C
status
D
immediately
Question 10
What does supp mean?

A
supper
B
support
C
suppository
D
suspension
Question 11
What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
capsule
C
inside cheek
D
capacity
Question 12
What does DAW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divide
C
5% dextrose in water
D
distilled water
Question 13
What does top. mean?

A
as needed
B
teaspoon
C
topical
D
total parenteral nutrition
Question 14
What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
each ear
D
before meals
Question 15
What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
intramuscular
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 16
What does q.4h mean?

A
every day before 4pm
B
at 4pm
C
4 times per day
D
every 4 hours
Question 17
What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
left ear
C
right ear
D
left eye
Question 18
What does NPO mean?

A
no repeats
B
shortness of breath
C
nothing by mouth
D
not to exceed
Question 19
What does aa mean?

A
of each
B
up to
C
after
D
before
Question 20
What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
compound
C
powder
D
pelvis
Question 21
What does p.c. mean?

A
through
B
at bedtime
C
as needed
D
after meals
Question 22
What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
once daily
C
until done
D
as directed
Question 23
What does sig mean?

A
significant
B
signature
C
write on label
D
if there is a need
Question 24
What does ung. mean?

A
lozenge
B
spray
C
ointment
D
syrup
Question 25
What does o.s. mean?

A
left ear
B
right eye
C
right ear
D
left eye
Question 26
What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
three times a day
C
grain
D
not more than
Question 27
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
give of such doses
C
three times a day
D
discontinue
Question 28
What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
both eyes
C
by mouth
D
both ears
Question 29
What does p.r. mean?

A
by mouth
B
by rectum
C
as needed
D
after meals
Question 30
What does a.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
left ear
C
left eye
D
both eyes
Question 31
What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
subliminally
C
sublingually
D
subcutaneously
Question 32
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
if there is a need
C
solution
D
left ear
Question 33
What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
international unit
Question 34
What does sol mean?

A
solution
B
without
C
only
D
solvent
Question 35
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
teaspoon
C
tablespoon
D
immediately
Question 36
What does g mean?

A
gram
B
gallon
C
grain
D
glucose
Question 37
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
around the clock
C
as needed
D
after meals
Question 38
What does q.h. mean?

A
every night at bedtime
B
every day
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every hour
Question 39
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
every other day
B
two times a day
C
take as directed
D
three times a day
Question 40
What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
divide with
C
distilled water
D
dispense as written
Question 41
What does inj mean?

A
intravenous
B
intradermal
C
injection
D
injury
Question 42
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
twice daily
B
four times per day
C
by mouth
D
before meals
Question 43
What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
nausea
C
not sufficient
D
normal saline
Question 44
What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
milliosmole
C
milliequivalent
D
microgram
Question 45
What does div. mean?

A
divert
B
dilute
C
divide
D
dispense as written
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