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