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 ad lib. mean?
A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
as needed
D
as desired
Question 2
What does a.c. mean?
A
each ear
B
around the clock
C
after meals
D
before meals
Question 3
What does disp. mean?
A
ointment
B
discontinue
C
dispense as written
D
dispense
Question 4
What does SL mean?
A
solution
B
left ear
C
sublingually
D
if there is a need
Question 5
What does p.o. mean?
A
powder
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
after meals
Question 6
What does a.u. mean?
A
left eye
B
both eyes
C
left ear
D
both ears
Question 7
What does b.i.d. mean?
A
four times per day
B
before meals
C
twice daily
D
by mouth
Question 8
What does tsp mean?
A
immediately
B
tablespoon
C
teaspoon
D
tincture
Question 9
What does mEq mean?
A
milliequivalent
B
milliosmole
C
microgram
D
milligram
Question 10
What does d.t.d. mean?
A
three times a day
B
discontinue
C
as desired
D
give of such doses
Question 11
What does q.h. mean?
A
every hour
B
every day
C
every night at bedtime
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 12
What does aa mean?
A
of each
B
before
C
up to
D
after
Question 13
What does p.r. mean?
A
after meals
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
by rectum
Question 14
What does gtt mean?
A
three times a day
B
drop
C
grain
D
not more than
Question 15
What does p.c. mean?
A
at bedtime
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
through
Question 16
What does DW mean?
A
dextrose in water
B
divide with
C
dispense as written
D
distilled water
Question 17
What does NS mean?
A
nitroglycerin
B
normal saline
C
not sufficient
D
nausea
Question 18
What does stat mean?
A
status
B
as needed
C
unchanged
D
immediately
Question 19
What does o.s. mean?
A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 20
What does inj mean?
A
intradermal
B
intravenous
C
injury
D
injection
Question 21
What does q.i.d. mean?
A
four times per day
B
three times per day
C
twice a day
D
as desired
Question 22
What does a.d. mean?
A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left eye
D
left ear
Question 23
What does a.m. mean?
A
of each
B
morning
C
right ear
D
before meals
Question 24
What does top. mean?
A
topical
B
teaspoon
C
as needed
D
total parenteral nutrition
Question 25
What does DAW mean?
A
divide
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
5% dextrose in water
Question 26
What does sol mean?
A
solvent
B
solution
C
without
D
only
Question 27
What does pulv. mean?
A
powder
B
pulmonary
C
pelvis
D
compound
Question 28
What does div. mean?
A
divert
B
dispense as written
C
divide
D
dilute
Question 29
What does supp mean?
A
suppository
B
suspension
C
support
D
supper
Question 30
What does ung. mean?
A
spray
B
lozenge
C
ointment
D
syrup
Question 31
What does sig mean?
A
write on label
B
if there is a need
C
signature
D
significant
Question 32
What does NPO mean?
A
nothing by mouth
B
not to exceed
C
no repeats
D
shortness of breath
Question 33
What does o.u. mean?
A
by mouth
B
by rectum
C
both ears
D
both eyes
Question 34
What does prn mean?
A
every other day
B
immediately
C
through
D
as needed
Question 35
What does q.4h mean?
A
every day before 4pm
B
every 4 hours
C
4 times per day
D
at 4pm
Question 36
What does q.s. mean?
A
quantified self
B
every second
C
every night at sunset
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 37
What does IV mean?
A
injection
B
intradermal
C
intravenous
D
international unit
Question 38
What does g mean?
A
gram
B
grain
C
gallon
D
glucose
Question 39
What does IM mean?
A
intramuscular
B
intradermal
C
metered-dose inhaler
D
injection
Question 40
What does cap. mean?
A
capsule
B
cover
C
inside cheek
D
capacity
Question 41
What does u.d. mean?
A
until done
B
once daily
C
as directed
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 42
What does D.W. mean?
A
divide
B
dextrose 5% solution
C
dispense as written
D
distilled water
Question 43
What does gr. mean?
A
grow
B
gram
C
granular
D
grain
Question 44
What does SL mean?
A
subliminally
B
subcutaneously
C
solution
D
sublingually
Question 45
What does t.i.d. mean?
A
take as directed
B
three times a day
C
every other day
D
two times a day
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