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 ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
after meals
C
around the clock
D
as desired
Question 2

What does stat mean?

A
status
B
immediately
C
as needed
D
unchanged
Question 3

What does q.s. mean?

A
quantified self
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every second
D
every night at sunset
Question 4

What does gr. mean?

A
grow
B
granular
C
grain
D
gram
Question 5

What does aa mean?

A
before
B
of each
C
after
D
up to
Question 6

What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
both ears
D
both eyes
Question 7

What does t.i.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
two times a day
C
take as directed
D
every other day
Question 8

What does p.r. mean?

A
after meals
B
by mouth
C
as needed
D
by rectum
Question 9

What does top. mean?

A
teaspoon
B
as needed
C
topical
D
total parenteral nutrition
Question 10

What does o.u. mean?

A
by mouth
B
both ears
C
both eyes
D
by rectum
Question 11

What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
supper
C
suspension
D
support
Question 12

What does a.d. mean?

A
left ear
B
right ear
C
left eye
D
right eye
Question 13

What does tsp mean?

A
teaspoon
B
tablespoon
C
tincture
D
immediately
Question 14

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
as desired
C
give of such doses
D
discontinue
Question 15

What does ung. mean?

A
lozenge
B
spray
C
syrup
D
ointment
Question 16

What does o.s. mean?

A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 17

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
four times per day
C
twice a day
D
three times per day
Question 18

What does DAW mean?

A
divide
B
5% dextrose in water
C
distilled water
D
dispense as written
Question 19

What does q.h. mean?

A
every night at bedtime
B
every day
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every hour
Question 20

What does g mean?

A
gram
B
grain
C
gallon
D
glucose
Question 21

What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
not to exceed
C
no repeats
D
shortness of breath
Question 22

What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
signature
C
significant
D
if there is a need
Question 23

What does NS mean?

A
nausea
B
nitroglycerin
C
not sufficient
D
normal saline
Question 24

What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
by mouth
C
after meals
D
as needed
Question 25

What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
intramuscular
Question 26

What does SL mean?

A
left ear
B
solution
C
sublingually
D
if there is a need
Question 27

What does SL mean?

A
subliminally
B
sublingually
C
solution
D
subcutaneously
Question 28

What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
4 times per day
C
every day before 4 pm
D
at 4pm
Question 29

What does a.m. mean?

A
morning
B
of each
C
right ear
D
before meals
Question 30

What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
capsule
C
capacity
D
inside cheek
Question 31

What does gtt mean?

A
drop
B
grain
C
three times a day
D
not more than
Question 32

What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
compound
C
powder
D
pelvis
Question 33

What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
divide
C
dispense as written
D
dextrose 5% solution
Question 34

What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solution
C
solvent
D
only
Question 35

What does a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
after meals
C
around the clock
D
each ear
Question 36

What does prn mean?

A
as needed
B
every other day
C
immediately
D
through
Question 37

What does b.i.d. mean?

A
by mouth
B
before meals
C
four times per day
D
twice daily
Question 38

What does disp. mean?

A
ointment
B
dispense as written
C
discontinue
D
dispense
Question 39

What does div. mean?

A
divert
B
dispense as written
C
divide
D
dilute
Question 40

What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
until done
C
once daily
D
as directed
Question 41

What does p.c. mean?

A
at bedtime
B
through
C
after meals
D
as needed
Question 42

What does DW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dextrose in water
C
divide with
D
distilled water
Question 43

What does IV mean?

A
injection
B
intradermal
C
international unit
D
intravenous
Question 44

What does mEq mean?

A
milliosmole
B
milliequivalent
C
microgram
D
milligram
Question 45

What does inj mean?

A
intravenous
B
injury
C
intradermal
D
injection
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