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