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 supp mean?

A
support
B
suspension
C
suppository
D
supper
Question 2
What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
intravenous
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 3
What does top. mean?

A
total parenteral nutrition
B
topical
C
as needed
D
teaspoon
Question 4
What does a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
around the clock
C
after meals
D
each ear
Question 5
What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
before
C
of each
D
after
Question 6
What does p.o. mean?

A
as needed
B
after meals
C
by mouth
D
powder
Question 7
What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
metered-dose inhaler
C
injection
D
intramuscular
Question 8
What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
pulmonary
C
pelvis
D
compound
Question 9
What does p.c. mean?

A
through
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
at bedtime
Question 10
What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
grow
D
granular
Question 11
What does q.s. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every night at sunset
C
quantified self
D
every second
Question 12
What does p.r. mean?

A
by rectum
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
after meals
Question 13
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
immediately
C
teaspoon
D
tablespoon
Question 14
What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
not sufficient
C
nausea
D
normal saline
Question 15
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
subcutaneously
C
solution
D
subliminally
Question 16
What does u.d. mean?

A
once daily
B
as directed
C
a sufficient quantity
D
until done
Question 17
What does prn mean?

A
every other day
B
as needed
C
through
D
immediately
Question 18
What does o.s. mean?

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

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
dispense as written
C
divide
D
distilled water
Question 20
What does mEq mean?

A
milliosmole
B
milligram
C
milliequivalent
D
microgram
Question 21
What does a.m. mean?

A
of each
B
right ear
C
before meals
D
morning
Question 22
What does IV mean?

A
intradermal
B
injection
C
international unit
D
intravenous
Question 23
What does a.u. mean?

A
left ear
B
both eyes
C
left eye
D
both ears
Question 24
What does div. mean?

A
divert
B
dispense as written
C
divide
D
dilute
Question 25
What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
as desired
C
twice a day
D
four times per day
Question 26
What does a.d. mean?

A
left ear
B
left eye
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 27
What does gtt mean?

A
not more than
B
drop
C
grain
D
three times a day
Question 28
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
every other day
B
take as directed
C
three times a day
D
two times a day
Question 29
What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
inside cheek
C
capacity
D
capsule
Question 30
What does q.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every night at bedtime
D
every day
Question 31
What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
divide
C
distilled water
D
dispense as written
Question 32
What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
dispense as written
C
ointment
D
dispense
Question 33
What does ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
after meals
C
as desired
D
around the clock
Question 34
What does d.t.d. mean?

A
discontinue
B
as desired
C
three times a day
D
give of such doses
Question 35
What does stat mean?

A
unchanged
B
immediately
C
status
D
as needed
Question 36
What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
significant
C
if there is a need
D
signature
Question 37
What does q.4h mean?

A
at 4pm
B
every day before 4pm
C
4 times per day
D
every 4 hours
Question 38
What does ung. mean?

A
spray
B
syrup
C
ointment
D
lozenge
Question 39
What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
if there is a need
C
solution
D
left ear
Question 40
What does g mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
gallon
D
glucose
Question 41
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
before meals
C
by mouth
D
twice daily
Question 42
What does o.u. mean?

A
by mouth
B
both eyes
C
by rectum
D
both ears
Question 43
What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
not to exceed
C
shortness of breath
D
no repeats
Question 44
What does DW mean?

A
distilled water
B
dextrose in water
C
divide with
D
dispense as written
Question 45
What does sol mean?

A
solvent
B
solution
C
only
D
without
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