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