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 p.c. mean?

A
as needed
B
through
C
after meals
D
at bedtime
Question 2
What does a.u. mean?

A
left ear
B
both eyes
C
left eye
D
both ears
Question 3
What does a.d. mean?

A
right ear
B
right eye
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 4
What does p.o. mean?

A
by mouth
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
powder
Question 5
What does IV mean?

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

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

A
distilled water
B
dextrose 5% solution
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 8
What does aa mean?

A
of each
B
after
C
before
D
up to
Question 9
What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
pelvis
C
pulmonary
D
compound
Question 10
What does sol mean?

A
solvent
B
only
C
without
D
solution
Question 11
What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
4 times per day
C
every day before 4pm
D
at 4pm
Question 12
What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
signature
C
significant
D
if there is a need
Question 13
What does stat mean?

A
unchanged
B
status
C
immediately
D
as needed
Question 14
What does u.d. mean?

A
once daily
B
as directed
C
until done
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 15
What does inj mean?

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

A
cover
B
capacity
C
inside cheek
D
capsule
Question 17
What does ad lib. mean?

A
around the clock
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
as desired
Question 18
What does NPO mean?

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

A
sublingually
B
if there is a need
C
solution
D
left ear
Question 20
What does top. mean?

A
teaspoon
B
topical
C
total parenteral nutrition
D
as needed
Question 21
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
immediately
C
tablespoon
D
teaspoon
Question 22
What does b.i.d. mean?

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

A
solution
B
subcutaneously
C
subliminally
D
sublingually
Question 24
What does p.r. mean?

A
by rectum
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
after meals
Question 25
What does ung. mean?

A
lozenge
B
spray
C
syrup
D
ointment
Question 26
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
three times a day
C
two times a day
D
every other day
Question 27
What does disp. mean?

A
ointment
B
discontinue
C
dispense as written
D
dispense
Question 28
What does gr. mean?

A
granular
B
gram
C
grain
D
grow
Question 29
What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
divide with
C
dispense as written
D
distilled water
Question 30
What does g mean?

A
gram
B
gallon
C
glucose
D
grain
Question 31
What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
both ears
C
by mouth
D
both eyes
Question 32
What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 33
What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
milliequivalent
C
milliosmole
D
microgram
Question 34
What does prn mean?

A
as needed
B
immediately
C
every other day
D
through
Question 35
What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
three times a day
C
grain
D
not more than
Question 36
What does a.c. mean?

A
each ear
B
after meals
C
before meals
D
around the clock
Question 37
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
as desired
C
twice a day
D
four times per day
Question 38
What does q.s. mean?

A
every second
B
every night at sunset
C
a sufficient quantity
D
quantified self
Question 39
What does div. mean?

A
divide
B
dilute
C
divert
D
dispense as written
Question 40
What does NS mean?

A
not sufficient
B
nitroglycerin
C
nausea
D
normal saline
Question 41
What does DAW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divide
C
5% dextrose in water
D
distilled water
Question 42
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
give of such doses
C
three times a day
D
discontinue
Question 43
What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
supper
C
support
D
suspension
Question 44
What does a.m. mean?

A
of each
B
right ear
C
before meals
D
morning
Question 45
What does q.h. mean?

A
every day
B
every night at bedtime
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every hour
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