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 pharmacy abbreviations quiz is a great way to test your knowledge on 45 of the most common abbreviations that are used on prescriptions.

Directions: Match each pharmacy abbreviation to it’s definition.

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Question 1
What does gr. mean?

A
gram
B
granular
C
grow
D
grain
Question 2
What does top. mean?

A
total parenteral nutrition
B
teaspoon
C
as needed
D
topical
Question 3
What does mEq mean?

A
milliosmole
B
milliequivalent
C
microgram
D
milligram
Question 4
What does stat mean?

A
status
B
as needed
C
immediately
D
unchanged
Question 5
What does q.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
every night at bedtime
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every day
Question 6
What does p.c. mean?

A
as needed
B
at bedtime
C
after meals
D
through
Question 7
What does ung. mean?

A
ointment
B
syrup
C
lozenge
D
spray
Question 8
What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
both eyes
C
by rectum
D
by mouth
Question 9
What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
divide with
Question 10
What does ad lib. mean?

A
around the clock
B
as desired
C
after meals
D
as needed
Question 11
What does cap. mean?

A
capacity
B
capsule
C
inside cheek
D
cover
Question 12
What does pulv. mean?

A
pelvis
B
powder
C
compound
D
pulmonary
Question 13
What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solvent
C
only
D
solution
Question 14
What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
subliminally
C
sublingually
D
subcutaneously
Question 15
What does NS mean?

A
not sufficient
B
nausea
C
normal saline
D
nitroglycerin
Question 16
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
if there is a need
C
left ear
D
solution
Question 17
What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
ointment
C
dispense
D
discontinue
Question 18
What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
left ear
C
left eye
D
right ear
Question 19
What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
through
C
every other day
D
as needed
Question 20
What does tsp mean?

A
tablespoon
B
immediately
C
tincture
D
teaspoon
Question 21
What does supp mean?

A
support
B
suppository
C
suspension
D
supper
Question 22
What does p.r. mean?

A
by mouth
B
as needed
C
by rectum
D
after meals
Question 23
What does D.W. mean?

A
divide
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
dextrose 5% solution
Question 24
What does o.s. mean?

A
right ear
B
left eye
C
right eye
D
left ear
Question 25
What does p.o. mean?

A
by mouth
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
powder
Question 26
What does aa mean?

A
before
B
up to
C
after
D
of each
Question 27
What does DAW mean?

A
divide
B
5% dextrose in water
C
dispense as written
D
distilled water
Question 28
What does a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
after meals
C
each ear
D
around the clock
Question 29
What does q.s. mean?

A
every second
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every night at sunset
D
quantified self
Question 30
What does inj mean?

A
intravenous
B
intradermal
C
injury
D
injection
Question 31
What does g mean?

A
gallon
B
gram
C
grain
D
glucose
Question 32
What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
grain
C
three times a day
D
not more than
Question 33
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
three times a day
C
give of such doses
D
discontinue
Question 34
What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
intramuscular
C
injection
D
metered-dose inhaler
Question 35
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
every other day
B
three times a day
C
take as directed
D
two times a day
Question 36
What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
shortness of breath
C
no repeats
D
not to exceed
Question 37
What does a.m. mean?

A
morning
B
of each
C
right ear
D
before meals
Question 38
What does sig mean?

A
if there is a need
B
signature
C
write on label
D
significant
Question 39
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
four times per day
C
twice a day
D
as desired
Question 40
What does a.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
left ear
C
both eyes
D
left eye
Question 41
What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
intradermal
C
injection
D
international unit
Question 42
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
by mouth
B
four times per day
C
before meals
D
twice daily
Question 43
What does div. mean?

A
dilute
B
divert
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 44
What does u.d. mean?

A
as directed
B
until done
C
a sufficient quantity
D
once daily
Question 45
What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
every day before 4pm
C
4 times per day
D
at 4pm
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