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