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