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 q.s. mean?

A
every night at sunset
B
every second
C
quantified self
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 2
What does sig mean?

A
significant
B
signature
C
if there is a need
D
write on label
Question 3
What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
after
C
before
D
of each
Question 4
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
every other day
C
take as directed
D
two times a day
Question 5
What does IV mean?

A
injection
B
international unit
C
intradermal
D
intravenous
Question 6
What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dilute
C
divide
D
divert
Question 7
What does mEq mean?

A
milliosmole
B
milliequivalent
C
milligram
D
microgram
Question 8
What does p.c. mean?

A
through
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
at bedtime
Question 9
What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
grain
C
not more than
D
drop
Question 10
What does a.d. mean?

A
left ear
B
left eye
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 11
What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
as needed
C
through
D
every other day
Question 12
What does g mean?

A
grain
B
glucose
C
gram
D
gallon
Question 13
What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
once daily
C
until done
D
as directed
Question 14
What does top. mean?

A
as needed
B
total parenteral nutrition
C
teaspoon
D
topical
Question 15
What does inj mean?

A
injection
B
injury
C
intravenous
D
intradermal
Question 16
What does supp mean?

A
supper
B
suspension
C
support
D
suppository
Question 17
What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
both ears
C
by mouth
D
both eyes
Question 18
What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
divide with
Question 19
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense
B
dispense as written
C
ointment
D
discontinue
Question 20
What does q.h. mean?

A
every day
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every night at bedtime
D
every hour
Question 21
What does DAW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
5% dextrose in water
C
distilled water
D
divide
Question 22
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
as desired
C
give of such doses
D
discontinue
Question 23
What does gr. mean?

A
grow
B
granular
C
gram
D
grain
Question 24
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
before meals
B
by mouth
C
four times per day
D
twice daily
Question 25
What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
before meals
C
each ear
D
around the clock
Question 26
What does p.o. mean?

A
after meals
B
as needed
C
powder
D
by mouth
Question 27
What does NS mean?

A
normal saline
B
nausea
C
nitroglycerin
D
not sufficient
Question 28
What does q.4h mean?

A
4 times per day
B
every 4 hours
C
at 4pm
D
every day before 4pm
Question 29
What does stat mean?

A
unchanged
B
as needed
C
immediately
D
status
Question 30
What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
pelvis
C
compound
D
powder
Question 31
What does p.r. mean?

A
by rectum
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
after meals
Question 32
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
twice a day
B
as desired
C
three times per day
D
four times per day
Question 33
What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
sublingually
C
subliminally
D
subcutaneously
Question 34
What does IM mean?

A
intramuscular
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
metered-dose inhaler
Question 35
What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
spray
C
lozenge
D
ointment
Question 36
What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 37
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
tablespoon
C
teaspoon
D
immediately
Question 38
What does a.m. mean?

A
before meals
B
right ear
C
of each
D
morning
Question 39
What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
if there is a need
C
left ear
D
sublingually
Question 40
What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
dextrose 5% solution
C
divide
D
dispense as written
Question 41
What does NPO mean?

A
no repeats
B
shortness of breath
C
not to exceed
D
nothing by mouth
Question 42
What does a.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
left eye
C
both eyes
D
left ear
Question 43
What does cap. mean?

A
capacity
B
inside cheek
C
capsule
D
cover
Question 44
What does ad lib. mean?

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
as needed
D
as desired
Question 45
What does sol mean?

A
without
B
only
C
solvent
D
solution
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