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