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 a.d. mean?

A
right ear
B
left ear
C
left eye
D
right eye
Question 2
What does q.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
every night at bedtime
C
every day
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 3
What does b.i.d. mean?

A
before meals
B
by mouth
C
four times per day
D
twice daily
Question 4
What does p.r. mean?

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

A
before meals
B
right ear
C
of each
D
morning
Question 6
What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
dispense as written
C
dextrose 5% solution
D
divide
Question 7
What does p.c. mean?

A
through
B
after meals
C
at bedtime
D
as needed
Question 8
What does q.i.d. mean?

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

A
sublingually
B
left ear
C
if there is a need
D
solution
Question 10
What does stat mean?

A
as needed
B
immediately
C
status
D
unchanged
Question 11
What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
injection
C
intramuscular
D
intradermal
Question 12
What does aa mean?

A
after
B
up to
C
of each
D
before
Question 13
What does ung. mean?

A
spray
B
syrup
C
lozenge
D
ointment
Question 14
What does o.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
by mouth
C
by rectum
D
both ears
Question 15
What does div. mean?

A
divert
B
divide
C
dispense as written
D
dilute
Question 16
What does supp mean?

A
suspension
B
supper
C
suppository
D
support
Question 17
What does a.c. mean?

A
each ear
B
before meals
C
around the clock
D
after meals
Question 18
What does g mean?

A
gram
B
grain
C
glucose
D
gallon
Question 19
What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
international unit
Question 20
What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
grow
D
granular
Question 21
What does q.s. mean?

A
every night at sunset
B
every second
C
a sufficient quantity
D
quantified self
Question 22
What does o.s. mean?

A
right eye
B
left ear
C
left eye
D
right ear
Question 23
What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
dispense as written
C
divide with
D
distilled water
Question 24
What does q.4h mean?

A
at 4pm
B
every day before 4pm
C
every 4 hours
D
4 times per day
Question 25
What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
no repeats
C
shortness of breath
D
not to exceed
Question 26
What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
once daily
C
as directed
D
until done
Question 27
What does SL mean?

A
subliminally
B
sublingually
C
subcutaneously
D
solution
Question 28
What does prn mean?

A
as needed
B
immediately
C
through
D
every other day
Question 29
What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solvent
C
solution
D
only
Question 30
What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
microgram
C
milliosmole
D
milliequivalent
Question 31
What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
ointment
C
dispense
D
dispense as written
Question 32
What does sig mean?

A
if there is a need
B
write on label
C
significant
D
signature
Question 33
What does top. mean?

A
topical
B
total parenteral nutrition
C
as needed
D
teaspoon
Question 34
What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
intradermal
C
injection
D
intravenous
Question 35
What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
grain
C
not more than
D
three times a day
Question 36
What does pulv. mean?

A
compound
B
pelvis
C
powder
D
pulmonary
Question 37
What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
teaspoon
C
immediately
D
tablespoon
Question 38
What does ad lib. mean?

A
around the clock
B
as needed
C
as desired
D
after meals
Question 39
What does DAW mean?

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

A
discontinue
B
three times a day
C
give of such doses
D
as desired
Question 41
What does cap. mean?

A
capsule
B
cover
C
capacity
D
inside cheek
Question 42
What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
every other day
C
three times a day
D
two times a day
Question 43
What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
both eyes
D
both ears
Question 44
What does NS mean?

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

A
powder
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
by mouth
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