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 aa mean?

A
before
B
of each
C
after
D
up to
Question 2
What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
intradermal
C
intramuscular
D
injection
Question 3
What does mEq mean?

A
microgram
B
milliosmole
C
milligram
D
milliequivalent
Question 4
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
ointment
C
dispense
D
discontinue
Question 5
What does pulv. mean?

A
compound
B
powder
C
pelvis
D
pulmonary
Question 6
What does sol mean?

A
solvent
B
only
C
solution
D
without
Question 7
What does a.u. mean?

A
left ear
B
both eyes
C
left eye
D
both ears
Question 8
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
solution
C
if there is a need
D
left ear
Question 9
What does g mean?

A
gallon
B
glucose
C
gram
D
grain
Question 10
What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
not sufficient
C
nausea
D
normal saline
Question 11
What does gr. mean?

A
granular
B
gram
C
grain
D
grow
Question 12
What does IV mean?

A
international unit
B
intravenous
C
injection
D
intradermal
Question 13
What does p.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
at bedtime
C
as needed
D
through
Question 14
What does p.r. mean?

A
by mouth
B
by rectum
C
as needed
D
after meals
Question 15
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
around the clock
C
after meals
D
as desired
Question 16
What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divert
C
dilute
D
divide
Question 17
What does a.c. mean?

A
around the clock
B
after meals
C
before meals
D
each ear
Question 18
What does DW mean?

A
divide with
B
dextrose in water
C
dispense as written
D
distilled water
Question 19
What does a.m. mean?

A
before meals
B
right ear
C
morning
D
of each
Question 20
What does stat mean?

A
immediately
B
as needed
C
status
D
unchanged
Question 21
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
twice daily
B
by mouth
C
before meals
D
four times per day
Question 22
What does prn mean?

A
through
B
immediately
C
every other day
D
as needed
Question 23
What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
intravenous
Question 24
What does NPO mean?

A
not to exceed
B
nothing by mouth
C
shortness of breath
D
no repeats
Question 25
What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
support
C
suspension
D
supper
Question 26
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
subcutaneously
C
solution
D
subliminally
Question 27
What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
capsule
C
inside cheek
D
capacity
Question 28
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
give of such doses
C
as desired
D
discontinue
Question 29
What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
three times a day
C
grain
D
not more than
Question 30
What does o.s. mean?

A
right ear
B
left eye
C
left ear
D
right eye
Question 31
What does q.h. mean?

A
every day
B
every hour
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every night at bedtime
Question 32
What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 33
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
immediately
C
tablespoon
D
teaspoon
Question 34
What does u.d. mean?

A
as directed
B
until done
C
a sufficient quantity
D
once daily
Question 35
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
twice a day
C
three times per day
D
four times per day
Question 36
What does q.s. mean?

A
every night at sunset
B
every second
C
quantified self
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 37
What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
both ears
C
by mouth
D
both eyes
Question 38
What does p.o. mean?

A
as needed
B
by mouth
C
powder
D
after meals
Question 39
What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left eye
D
left ear
Question 40
What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
every day before 4pm
C
4 times per day
D
at 4pm
Question 41
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
every other day
C
three times a day
D
two times a day
Question 42
What does D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
divide
Question 43
What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
if there is a need
C
significant
D
write on label
Question 44
What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
lozenge
C
spray
D
ointment
Question 45
What does top. mean?

A
teaspoon
B
topical
C
as needed
D
total parenteral nutrition
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