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