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
after meals
B
as needed
C
at bedtime
D
through
Question 2
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
give of such doses
B
as desired
C
discontinue
D
three times a day
Question 3
What does q.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every night at bedtime
D
every day
Question 4
What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
both ears
D
both eyes
Question 5
What does mEq mean?

A
milliosmole
B
milligram
C
microgram
D
milliequivalent
Question 6
What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
not sufficient
C
nausea
D
normal saline
Question 7
What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
each ear
C
before meals
D
around the clock
Question 8
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
twice daily
B
by mouth
C
four times per day
D
before meals
Question 9
What does stat mean?

A
unchanged
B
as needed
C
immediately
D
status
Question 10
What does DW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dextrose in water
C
distilled water
D
divide with
Question 11
What does p.o. mean?

A
after meals
B
powder
C
as needed
D
by mouth
Question 12
What does tsp mean?

A
immediately
B
tincture
C
tablespoon
D
teaspoon
Question 13
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
three times a day
C
every other day
D
two times a day
Question 14
What does SL mean?

A
subliminally
B
sublingually
C
subcutaneously
D
solution
Question 15
What does u.d. mean?

A
as directed
B
once daily
C
a sufficient quantity
D
until done
Question 16
What does D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
divide
C
dispense as written
D
distilled water
Question 17
What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divert
C
dilute
D
divide
Question 18
What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gram
C
grain
D
gallon
Question 19
What does sol mean?

A
only
B
without
C
solvent
D
solution
Question 20
What does supp mean?

A
suspension
B
support
C
suppository
D
supper
Question 21
What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
lozenge
C
spray
D
ointment
Question 22
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense
B
discontinue
C
ointment
D
dispense as written
Question 23
What does NPO mean?

A
shortness of breath
B
no repeats
C
nothing by mouth
D
not to exceed
Question 24
What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
every other day
C
through
D
as needed
Question 25
What does top. mean?

A
as needed
B
topical
C
total parenteral nutrition
D
teaspoon
Question 26
What does aa mean?

A
before
B
of each
C
up to
D
after
Question 27
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
four times per day
C
twice a day
D
as desired
Question 28
What does q.4h mean?

A
at 4pm
B
every day before 4pm
C
4 times per day
D
every 4 hours
Question 29
What does q.s. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every night at sunset
C
quantified self
D
every second
Question 30
What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
international unit
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 31
What does o.s. mean?

A
left ear
B
left eye
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 32
What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
by rectum
C
both eyes
D
by mouth
Question 33
What does gr. mean?

A
granular
B
grow
C
grain
D
gram
Question 34
What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
divide
C
dispense as written
D
distilled water
Question 35
What does p.r. mean?

A
by rectum
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
by mouth
Question 36
What does pulv. mean?

A
pelvis
B
pulmonary
C
compound
D
powder
Question 37
What does cap. mean?

A
capsule
B
capacity
C
cover
D
inside cheek
Question 38
What does SL mean?

A
if there is a need
B
sublingually
C
solution
D
left ear
Question 39
What does inj mean?

A
intradermal
B
injury
C
intravenous
D
injection
Question 40
What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
if there is a need
C
write on label
D
significant
Question 41
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
around the clock
Question 42
What does IM mean?

A
intramuscular
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
metered-dose inhaler
Question 43
What does a.d. mean?

A
left ear
B
left eye
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 44
What does a.m. mean?

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

A
drop
B
not more than
C
three times a day
D
grain
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