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