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