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