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 p.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
as needed
C
at bedtime
D
through
Question 2
What does pulv. mean?

A
compound
B
powder
C
pulmonary
D
pelvis
Question 3
What does aa mean?

A
of each
B
before
C
up to
D
after
Question 4
What does p.r. mean?

A
as needed
B
by mouth
C
after meals
D
by rectum
Question 5
What does DW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
distilled water
C
divide with
D
dextrose in water
Question 6
What does a.d. mean?

A
left eye
B
right eye
C
left ear
D
right ear
Question 7
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
as desired
C
after meals
D
around the clock
Question 8
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
three times per day
C
twice a day
D
as desired
Question 9
What does ung. mean?

A
spray
B
lozenge
C
syrup
D
ointment
Question 10
What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
not to exceed
C
no repeats
D
shortness of breath
Question 11
What does top. mean?

A
topical
B
as needed
C
teaspoon
D
total parenteral nutrition
Question 12
What does a.c. mean?

A
each ear
B
around the clock
C
after meals
D
before meals
Question 13
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
two times a day
B
take as directed
C
every other day
D
three times a day
Question 14
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
before meals
C
twice daily
D
by mouth
Question 15
What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
metered-dose inhaler
C
intramuscular
D
injection
Question 16
What does gtt mean?

A
not more than
B
three times a day
C
drop
D
grain
Question 17
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
as desired
C
discontinue
D
give of such doses
Question 18
What does stat mean?

A
status
B
unchanged
C
immediately
D
as needed
Question 19
What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
by mouth
C
by rectum
D
both eyes
Question 20
What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
divide
C
dispense as written
D
dextrose 5% solution
Question 21
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
tablespoon
C
immediately
D
teaspoon
Question 22
What does q.4h mean?

A
every day before 4pm
B
every 4 hours
C
at 4pm
D
4 times per day
Question 23
What does supp mean?

A
suspension
B
support
C
suppository
D
supper
Question 24
What does SL mean?

A
subliminally
B
solution
C
subcutaneously
D
sublingually
Question 25
What does sol mean?

A
solution
B
without
C
solvent
D
only
Question 26
What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
nausea
C
not sufficient
D
normal saline
Question 27
What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
both ears
C
left ear
D
both eyes
Question 28
What does a.m. mean?

A
before meals
B
right ear
C
morning
D
of each
Question 29
What does q.s. mean?

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

A
cover
B
inside cheek
C
capacity
D
capsule
Question 31
What does IV mean?

A
international unit
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
intravenous
Question 32
What does p.o. mean?

A
by mouth
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
powder
Question 33
What does prn mean?

A
through
B
every other day
C
as needed
D
immediately
Question 34
What does div. mean?

A
divert
B
divide
C
dilute
D
dispense as written
Question 35
What does q.h. mean?

A
every night at bedtime
B
every hour
C
every day
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 36
What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
if there is a need
C
left ear
D
sublingually
Question 37
What does g mean?

A
gram
B
glucose
C
gallon
D
grain
Question 38
What does gr. mean?

A
granular
B
gram
C
grain
D
grow
Question 39
What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
dispense as written
C
divide
D
distilled water
Question 40
What does u.d. mean?

A
as directed
B
until done
C
a sufficient quantity
D
once daily
Question 41
What does inj mean?

A
injection
B
intravenous
C
intradermal
D
injury
Question 42
What does disp. mean?

A
ointment
B
dispense as written
C
discontinue
D
dispense
Question 43
What does sig mean?

A
if there is a need
B
write on label
C
significant
D
signature
Question 44
What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
right ear
C
left ear
D
right eye
Question 45
What does mEq mean?

A
microgram
B
milliosmole
C
milliequivalent
D
milligram
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