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