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 gr. mean?

A
grain
B
granular
C
grow
D
gram
Question 2
What does D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
divide
Question 3
What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
each ear
C
around the clock
D
before meals
Question 4
What does q.s. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every second
C
every night at sunset
D
quantified self
Question 5
What does top. mean?

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

A
gram
B
gallon
C
glucose
D
grain
Question 7
What does NS mean?

A
normal saline
B
nitroglycerin
C
nausea
D
not sufficient
Question 8
What does NPO mean?

A
no repeats
B
shortness of breath
C
nothing by mouth
D
not to exceed
Question 9
What does p.c. mean?

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

A
three times a day
B
discontinue
C
give of such doses
D
as desired
Question 11
What does stat mean?

A
immediately
B
as needed
C
status
D
unchanged
Question 12
What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
intradermal
C
intravenous
D
injection
Question 13
What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
microgram
C
milliosmole
D
milliequivalent
Question 14
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
twice daily
C
by mouth
D
before meals
Question 15
What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
subcutaneously
C
subliminally
D
sublingually
Question 16
What does ad lib. mean?

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
as desired
D
as needed
Question 17
What does a.d. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
right eye
D
right ear
Question 18
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
left ear
C
if there is a need
D
solution
Question 19
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense
B
dispense as written
C
ointment
D
discontinue
Question 20
What does p.r. mean?

A
as needed
B
after meals
C
by rectum
D
by mouth
Question 21
What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
support
C
supper
D
suspension
Question 22
What does q.h. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every day
C
every night at bedtime
D
every hour
Question 23
What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
write on label
C
if there is a need
D
significant
Question 24
What does u.d. mean?

A
once daily
B
a sufficient quantity
C
until done
D
as directed
Question 25
What does cap. mean?

A
inside cheek
B
capacity
C
capsule
D
cover
Question 26
What does o.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
by rectum
C
by mouth
D
both ears
Question 27
What does p.o. mean?

A
after meals
B
as needed
C
powder
D
by mouth
Question 28
What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
three times a day
C
not more than
D
grain
Question 29
What does sol mean?

A
only
B
solution
C
solvent
D
without
Question 30
What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
every other day
C
through
D
as needed
Question 31
What does tsp mean?

A
teaspoon
B
immediately
C
tincture
D
tablespoon
Question 32
What does pulv. mean?

A
compound
B
pulmonary
C
powder
D
pelvis
Question 33
What does q.4h mean?

A
every day before 4pm
B
every 4 hours
C
at 4pm
D
4 times per day
Question 34
What does DAW mean?

A
divide
B
distilled water
C
5% dextrose in water
D
dispense as written
Question 35
What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
of each
C
after
D
before
Question 36
What does IV mean?

A
intradermal
B
international unit
C
intravenous
D
injection
Question 37
What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divert
C
dilute
D
divide
Question 38
What does DW mean?

A
distilled water
B
dextrose in water
C
dispense as written
D
divide with
Question 39
What does ung. mean?

A
spray
B
syrup
C
lozenge
D
ointment
Question 40
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
two times a day
C
three times a day
D
every other day
Question 41
What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
injection
C
intramuscular
D
metered-dose inhaler
Question 42
What does a.m. mean?

A
right ear
B
before meals
C
of each
D
morning
Question 43
What does o.s. mean?

A
left ear
B
left eye
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 44
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
twice a day
B
four times per day
C
as desired
D
three times per day
Question 45
What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
both eyes
D
both ears
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