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