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 inj mean?

A
injection
B
injury
C
intradermal
D
intravenous
Question 2
What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
4 times per day
C
at 4pm
D
every day before 4pm
Question 3
What does IV mean?

A
intradermal
B
intravenous
C
injection
D
international unit
Question 4
What does stat mean?

A
status
B
immediately
C
unchanged
D
as needed
Question 5
What does cap. mean?

A
inside cheek
B
capacity
C
capsule
D
cover
Question 6
What does IM mean?

A
injection
B
intradermal
C
metered-dose inhaler
D
intramuscular
Question 7
What does DAW mean?

A
divide
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
5% dextrose in water
Question 8
What does u.d. mean?

A
as directed
B
until done
C
once daily
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 9
What does p.r. mean?

A
after meals
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
by rectum
Question 10
What does q.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
every night at bedtime
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every day
Question 11
What does NPO mean?

A
shortness of breath
B
no repeats
C
nothing by mouth
D
not to exceed
Question 12
What does p.c. mean?

A
as needed
B
after meals
C
through
D
at bedtime
Question 13
What does mEq mean?

A
microgram
B
milliequivalent
C
milligram
D
milliosmole
Question 14
What does a.m. mean?

A
right ear
B
morning
C
of each
D
before meals
Question 15
What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
granular
C
grow
D
gram
Question 16
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
two times a day
C
three times a day
D
every other day
Question 17
What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
pelvis
C
pulmonary
D
compound
Question 18
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
give of such doses
C
as desired
D
discontinue
Question 19
What does q.s. mean?

A
quantified self
B
every night at sunset
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every second
Question 20
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
as desired
C
four times per day
D
twice a day
Question 21
What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
subliminally
C
subcutaneously
D
sublingually
Question 22
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
by mouth
B
four times per day
C
before meals
D
twice daily
Question 23
What does g mean?

A
grain
B
glucose
C
gallon
D
gram
Question 24
What does top. mean?

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

A
if there is a need
B
solution
C
sublingually
D
left ear
Question 26
What does NS mean?

A
nausea
B
nitroglycerin
C
normal saline
D
not sufficient
Question 27
What does supp mean?

A
supper
B
support
C
suspension
D
suppository
Question 28
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
immediately
C
tablespoon
D
teaspoon
Question 29
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
as needed
C
around the clock
D
after meals
Question 30
What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
right eye
D
right ear
Question 31
What does sol mean?

A
solution
B
without
C
only
D
solvent
Question 32
What does sig mean?

A
if there is a need
B
signature
C
significant
D
write on label
Question 33
What does a.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
left eye
C
left ear
D
both eyes
Question 34
What does gtt mean?

A
not more than
B
drop
C
three times a day
D
grain
Question 35
What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
both ears
C
both eyes
D
by mouth
Question 36
What does div. mean?

A
dilute
B
dispense as written
C
divert
D
divide
Question 37
What does a.d. mean?

A
left ear
B
right ear
C
right eye
D
left eye
Question 38
What does a.c. mean?

A
each ear
B
after meals
C
around the clock
D
before meals
Question 39
What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
dispense
C
dispense as written
D
ointment
Question 40
What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
through
C
every other day
D
as needed
Question 41
What does ung. mean?

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

A
distilled water
B
divide with
C
dextrose in water
D
dispense as written
Question 43
What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
by mouth
Question 44
What does D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
distilled water
C
divide
D
dispense as written
Question 45
What does aa mean?

A
of each
B
before
C
after
D
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