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 pharmacy abbreviations quiz is a great way to test your knowledge on 45 of the most common abbreviations that are used on prescriptions.

Directions: Match each pharmacy abbreviation to it’s definition.

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Question 1
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
twice daily
B
by mouth
C
four times per day
D
before meals
Question 2
What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
grain
C
not more than
D
three times a day
Question 3
What does u.d. mean?

A
as directed
B
until done
C
once daily
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 4
What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
right eye
C
left ear
D
right ear
Question 5
What does top. mean?

A
topical
B
as needed
C
teaspoon
D
total parenteral nutrition
Question 6
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
if there is a need
C
solution
D
left ear
Question 7
What does p.o. mean?

A
by mouth
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
powder
Question 8
What does p.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
through
C
as needed
D
at bedtime
Question 9
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 10
What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
dispense as written
C
dextrose 5% solution
D
divide
Question 11
What does a.d. mean?

A
right ear
B
left ear
C
right eye
D
left eye
Question 12
What does prn mean?

A
as needed
B
through
C
immediately
D
every other day
Question 13
What does q.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
every day
C
every night at bedtime
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 14
What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
4 times per day
C
at 4pm
D
every day before 4pm
Question 15
What does a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
after meals
C
around the clock
D
each ear
Question 16
What does aa mean?

A
of each
B
up to
C
before
D
after
Question 17
What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
granular
D
grow
Question 18
What does o.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
both ears
C
by mouth
D
by rectum
Question 19
What does g mean?

A
gram
B
gallon
C
grain
D
glucose
Question 20
What does cap. mean?

A
capsule
B
capacity
C
cover
D
inside cheek
Question 21
What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
international unit
Question 22
What does stat mean?

A
immediately
B
unchanged
C
status
D
as needed
Question 23
What does p.r. mean?

A
by rectum
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
after meals
Question 24
What does NS mean?

A
normal saline
B
not sufficient
C
nausea
D
nitroglycerin
Question 25
What does ung. mean?

A
ointment
B
syrup
C
lozenge
D
spray
Question 26
What does inj mean?

A
injection
B
intravenous
C
injury
D
intradermal
Question 27
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
around the clock
Question 28
What does a.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
left ear
C
both eyes
D
left eye
Question 29
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
three times per day
C
twice a day
D
as desired
Question 30
What does IM mean?

A
intramuscular
B
intradermal
C
metered-dose inhaler
D
injection
Question 31
What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
pulmonary
C
pelvis
D
compound
Question 32
What does a.m. mean?

A
morning
B
of each
C
before meals
D
right ear
Question 33
What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
support
C
supper
D
suspension
Question 34
What does div. mean?

A
divide
B
dilute
C
divert
D
dispense as written
Question 35
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense
B
ointment
C
discontinue
D
dispense as written
Question 36
What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
shortness of breath
C
no repeats
D
not to exceed
Question 37
What does mEq mean?

A
milliequivalent
B
milligram
C
microgram
D
milliosmole
Question 38
What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
signature
C
significant
D
if there is a need
Question 39
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
solution
C
subcutaneously
D
subliminally
Question 40
What does DAW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divide
C
5% dextrose in water
D
distilled water
Question 41
What does q.s. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
quantified self
C
every second
D
every night at sunset
Question 42
What does tsp mean?

A
teaspoon
B
tablespoon
C
tincture
D
immediately
Question 43
What does sol mean?

A
solution
B
solvent
C
only
D
without
Question 44
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
give of such doses
B
as desired
C
three times a day
D
discontinue
Question 45
What does DW mean?

A
distilled water
B
dispense as written
C
dextrose in water
D
divide with
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