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 g mean?

A
gallon
B
gram
C
glucose
D
grain
Question 2
What does ung. mean?

A
spray
B
lozenge
C
syrup
D
ointment
Question 3
What does tsp mean?

A
immediately
B
teaspoon
C
tincture
D
tablespoon
Question 4
What does p.r. mean?

A
after meals
B
as needed
C
by rectum
D
by mouth
Question 5
What does o.s. mean?

A
right ear
B
left eye
C
left ear
D
right eye
Question 6
What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
each ear
D
before meals
Question 7
What does inj mean?

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

A
as needed
B
topical
C
total parenteral nutrition
D
teaspoon
Question 9
What does a.m. mean?

A
of each
B
before meals
C
right ear
D
morning
Question 10
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
four times per day
C
three times per day
D
twice a day
Question 11
What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
until done
C
once daily
D
as directed
Question 12
What does cap. mean?

A
inside cheek
B
cover
C
capacity
D
capsule
Question 13
What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
both eyes
C
by mouth
D
by rectum
Question 14
What does IV mean?

A
international unit
B
intradermal
C
intravenous
D
injection
Question 15
What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
drop
C
grain
D
not more than
Question 16
What does prn mean?

A
through
B
as needed
C
every other day
D
immediately
Question 17
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dispense
C
ointment
D
discontinue
Question 18
What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
at 4pm
C
4 times per day
D
every day before 4pm
Question 19
What does DAW mean?

A
distilled water
B
divide
C
5% dextrose in water
D
dispense as written
Question 20
What does mEq mean?

A
milliequivalent
B
milliosmole
C
microgram
D
milligram
Question 21
What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
intramuscular
C
injection
D
metered-dose inhaler
Question 22
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
twice daily
B
by mouth
C
before meals
D
four times per day
Question 23
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
left ear
C
solution
D
if there is a need
Question 24
What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
powder
C
pelvis
D
compound
Question 25
What does supp mean?

A
supper
B
support
C
suppository
D
suspension
Question 26
What does a.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
both ears
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 27
What does t.i.d. mean?

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

A
as needed
B
status
C
immediately
D
unchanged
Question 29
What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
by mouth
C
as needed
D
after meals
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 SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
solution
C
subcutaneously
D
subliminally
Question 32
What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
not sufficient
C
nausea
D
normal saline
Question 33
What does p.c. mean?

A
at bedtime
B
after meals
C
through
D
as needed
Question 34
What does NPO mean?

A
not to exceed
B
nothing by mouth
C
shortness of breath
D
no repeats
Question 35
What does D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 36
What does sol mean?

A
only
B
without
C
solvent
D
solution
Question 37
What does gr. mean?

A
gram
B
grain
C
grow
D
granular
Question 38
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
around the clock
C
as needed
D
after meals
Question 39
What does q.s. mean?

A
every second
B
a sufficient quantity
C
quantified self
D
every night at sunset
Question 40
What does q.h. mean?

A
every night at bedtime
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every hour
D
every day
Question 41
What does aa mean?

A
after
B
of each
C
up to
D
before
Question 42
What does a.d. mean?

A
left ear
B
right eye
C
left eye
D
right ear
Question 43
What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
divide with
Question 44
What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
if there is a need
C
significant
D
write on label
Question 45
What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dilute
C
divert
D
divide
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