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 q.s. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every night at sunset
C
every second
D
quantified self
Question 2
What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
powder
C
pelvis
D
compound
Question 3
What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
after
C
before
D
of each
Question 4
What does IV mean?

A
injection
B
international unit
C
intradermal
D
intravenous
Question 5
What does p.c. mean?

A
through
B
after meals
C
at bedtime
D
as needed
Question 6
What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
signature
C
significant
D
if there is a need
Question 7
What does inj mean?

A
intradermal
B
intravenous
C
injury
D
injection
Question 8
What does div. mean?

A
divert
B
dispense as written
C
divide
D
dilute
Question 9
What does o.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
both ears
C
by mouth
D
by rectum
Question 10
What does cap. mean?

A
capacity
B
inside cheek
C
capsule
D
cover
Question 11
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
ointment
C
dispense
D
discontinue
Question 12
What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
milliequivalent
C
microgram
D
milliosmole
Question 13
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
immediately
C
teaspoon
D
tablespoon
Question 14
What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
before meals
C
each ear
D
around the clock
Question 15
What does a.m. mean?

A
morning
B
right ear
C
of each
D
before meals
Question 16
What does p.o. mean?

A
after meals
B
by mouth
C
powder
D
as needed
Question 17
What does NS mean?

A
not sufficient
B
nausea
C
normal saline
D
nitroglycerin
Question 18
What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
left ear
C
left eye
D
right ear
Question 19
What does a.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
both eyes
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 20
What does DW mean?

A
divide with
B
dextrose in water
C
dispense as written
D
distilled water
Question 21
What does top. mean?

A
as needed
B
total parenteral nutrition
C
topical
D
teaspoon
Question 22
What does ung. mean?

A
spray
B
syrup
C
ointment
D
lozenge
Question 23
What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
granular
C
grow
D
gram
Question 24
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
before meals
B
four times per day
C
by mouth
D
twice daily
Question 25
What does p.r. mean?

A
after meals
B
by rectum
C
by mouth
D
as needed
Question 26
What does prn mean?

A
through
B
immediately
C
as needed
D
every other day
Question 27
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
two times a day
B
three times a day
C
every other day
D
take as directed
Question 28
What does supp mean?

A
supper
B
suspension
C
suppository
D
support
Question 29
What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
intramuscular
Question 30
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
give of such doses
B
three times a day
C
discontinue
D
as desired
Question 31
What does q.h. mean?

A
every night at bedtime
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every hour
D
every day
Question 32
What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solution
C
solvent
D
only
Question 33
What does stat mean?

A
unchanged
B
status
C
as needed
D
immediately
Question 34
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
twice a day
B
as desired
C
three times per day
D
four times per day
Question 35
What does g mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
glucose
D
gallon
Question 36
What does o.s. mean?

A
right eye
B
left ear
C
left eye
D
right ear
Question 37
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
around the clock
C
after meals
D
as desired
Question 38
What does NPO mean?

A
not to exceed
B
no repeats
C
nothing by mouth
D
shortness of breath
Question 39
What does SL mean?

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

A
grain
B
not more than
C
three times a day
D
drop
Question 41
What does D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
dispense as written
C
divide
D
distilled water
Question 42
What does u.d. mean?

A
once daily
B
as directed
C
until done
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 43
What does q.4h mean?

A
at 4pm
B
every day before 4pm
C
every 4 hours
D
4 times per day
Question 44
What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
divide
D
dispense as written
Question 45
What does SL mean?

A
if there is a need
B
solution
C
left ear
D
sublingually
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