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