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