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 prn mean?

A
as needed
B
every other day
C
through
D
immediately
Question 2
What does p.o. mean?

A
after meals
B
by mouth
C
as needed
D
powder
Question 3
What does DW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dextrose in water
C
distilled water
D
divide with
Question 4
What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
drop
C
grain
D
not more than
Question 5
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
as desired
C
after meals
D
around the clock
Question 6
What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
capsule
C
capacity
D
inside cheek
Question 7
What does a.d. mean?

A
left eye
B
right ear
C
left ear
D
right eye
Question 8
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
twice daily
B
before meals
C
four times per day
D
by mouth
Question 9
What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
by mouth
C
both ears
D
both eyes
Question 10
What does o.s. mean?

A
right ear
B
left ear
C
right eye
D
left eye
Question 11
What does q.4h mean?

A
4 times per day
B
every day before 4pm
C
every 4 hours
D
at 4pm
Question 12
What does inj mean?

A
injection
B
injury
C
intradermal
D
intravenous
Question 13
What does mEq mean?

A
milliosmole
B
microgram
C
milligram
D
milliequivalent
Question 14
What does a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
around the clock
C
each ear
D
after meals
Question 15
What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gram
C
grain
D
gallon
Question 16
What does IM mean?

A
injection
B
metered-dose inhaler
C
intramuscular
D
intradermal
Question 17
What does tsp mean?

A
tablespoon
B
tincture
C
teaspoon
D
immediately
Question 18
What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divide
C
dilute
D
divert
Question 19
What does top. mean?

A
topical
B
as needed
C
total parenteral nutrition
D
teaspoon
Question 20
What does stat mean?

A
status
B
as needed
C
immediately
D
unchanged
Question 21
What does ung. mean?

A
ointment
B
syrup
C
spray
D
lozenge
Question 22
What does p.r. mean?

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

A
left ear
B
sublingually
C
if there is a need
D
solution
Question 24
What does supp mean?

A
supper
B
suppository
C
support
D
suspension
Question 25
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
every other day
B
two times a day
C
take as directed
D
three times a day
Question 26
What does D.W. mean?

A
divide
B
dispense as written
C
dextrose 5% solution
D
distilled water
Question 27
What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
international unit
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 28
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
three times a day
C
discontinue
D
give of such doses
Question 29
What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
both ears
D
both eyes
Question 30
What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
dispense as written
C
dispense
D
ointment
Question 31
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
three times per day
C
four times per day
D
twice a day
Question 32
What does q.h. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every night at bedtime
C
every day
D
every hour
Question 33
What does a.m. mean?

A
of each
B
morning
C
right ear
D
before meals
Question 34
What does SL mean?

A
subcutaneously
B
sublingually
C
subliminally
D
solution
Question 35
What does p.c. mean?

A
as needed
B
through
C
after meals
D
at bedtime
Question 36
What does aa mean?

A
after
B
up to
C
before
D
of each
Question 37
What does DAW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
distilled water
C
divide
D
5% dextrose in water
Question 38
What does NPO mean?

A
not to exceed
B
nothing by mouth
C
no repeats
D
shortness of breath
Question 39
What does u.d. mean?

A
once daily
B
as directed
C
until done
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 40
What does gr. mean?

A
grow
B
gram
C
granular
D
grain
Question 41
What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
signature
C
if there is a need
D
significant
Question 42
What does sol mean?

A
only
B
without
C
solution
D
solvent
Question 43
What does pulv. mean?

A
compound
B
pulmonary
C
pelvis
D
powder
Question 44
What does NS mean?

A
nausea
B
nitroglycerin
C
normal saline
D
not sufficient
Question 45
What does q.s. mean?

A
every night at sunset
B
quantified self
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every second
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