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