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