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
intravenous
D
intradermal
Question 2
What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
drop
C
grain
D
not more than
Question 3
What does prn mean?

A
through
B
immediately
C
as needed
D
every other day
Question 4
What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
after
C
before
D
of each
Question 5
What does ad lib. mean?

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
as desired
D
as needed
Question 6
What does SL mean?

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

A
not sufficient
B
nitroglycerin
C
normal saline
D
nausea
Question 8
What does u.d. mean?

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

A
every day
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every night at bedtime
D
every hour
Question 10
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
discontinue
C
dispense
D
ointment
Question 11
What does sol mean?

A
solution
B
solvent
C
only
D
without
Question 12
What does NPO mean?

A
shortness of breath
B
no repeats
C
nothing by mouth
D
not to exceed
Question 13
What does ung. mean?

A
ointment
B
syrup
C
spray
D
lozenge
Question 14
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
two times a day
B
three times a day
C
take as directed
D
every other day
Question 15
What does DW mean?

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

A
dispense as written
B
5% dextrose in water
C
divide
D
distilled water
Question 17
What does top. mean?

A
total parenteral nutrition
B
topical
C
as needed
D
teaspoon
Question 18
What does q.s. mean?

A
every second
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every night at sunset
D
quantified self
Question 19
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
discontinue
B
as desired
C
give of such doses
D
three times a day
Question 20
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
twice daily
C
before meals
D
by mouth
Question 21
What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left eye
D
left ear
Question 22
What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
microgram
C
milliequivalent
D
milliosmole
Question 23
What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
support
C
suspension
D
supper
Question 24
What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
right ear
C
right eye
D
left ear
Question 25
What does div. mean?

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

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
before meals
D
each ear
Question 27
What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
by mouth
Question 28
What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
by mouth
C
both ears
D
both eyes
Question 29
What does q.4h mean?

A
at 4pm
B
4 times per day
C
every 4 hours
D
every day before 4pm
Question 30
What does p.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
at bedtime
C
as needed
D
through
Question 31
What does stat mean?

A
unchanged
B
as needed
C
status
D
immediately
Question 32
What does D.W. mean?

A
divide
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
dextrose 5% solution
Question 33
What does a.u. mean?

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

A
pelvis
B
compound
C
pulmonary
D
powder
Question 35
What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
grain
C
gram
D
gallon
Question 36
What does a.m. mean?

A
right ear
B
of each
C
morning
D
before meals
Question 37
What does SL mean?

A
subliminally
B
sublingually
C
subcutaneously
D
solution
Question 38
What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
grow
D
granular
Question 39
What does cap. mean?

A
capsule
B
inside cheek
C
cover
D
capacity
Question 40
What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
international unit
Question 41
What does p.r. mean?

A
after meals
B
by rectum
C
as needed
D
by mouth
Question 42
What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
if there is a need
C
write on label
D
significant
Question 43
What does tsp mean?

A
teaspoon
B
immediately
C
tincture
D
tablespoon
Question 44
What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
intradermal
C
injection
D
intramuscular
Question 45
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
twice a day
C
four times per day
D
three times per day
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