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