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