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 DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
divide with
Question 2

What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solvent
C
only
D
solution
Question 3

What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
by mouth
C
as needed
D
after meals
Question 4

What does stat mean?

A
status
B
unchanged
C
immediately
D
as needed
Question 5

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
three times per day
C
twice a day
D
four times per day
Question 6

What does DAW mean?

A
divide
B
dispense as written
C
5% dextrose in water
D
distilled water
Question 7

What does gr. mean?

A
granular
B
grain
C
grow
D
gram
Question 8

What does supp mean?

A
support
B
suspension
C
supper
D
suppository
Question 9

What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
pelvis
C
powder
D
compound
Question 10

What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
left eye
C
right ear
D
left ear
Question 11

What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
by mouth
C
both eyes
D
by rectum
Question 12

What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
capsule
C
capacity
D
inside cheek
Question 13

What does q.h. mean?

A
every hour
B
every day
C
every night at bedtime
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 14

What does inj mean?

A
injection
B
intradermal
C
intravenous
D
injury
Question 15

What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
subliminally
C
subcutaneously
D
solution
Question 16

What does mEq mean?

A
milliequivalent
B
milliosmole
C
milligram
D
microgram
Question 17

What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
intramuscular
Question 18

What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
shortness of breath
C
not to exceed
D
no repeats
Question 19

What does IV mean?

A
intradermal
B
intravenous
C
injection
D
international unit
Question 20

What does o.s. mean?

A
right eye
B
left eye
C
left ear
D
right ear
Question 21

What does p.r. mean?

A
as needed
B
by rectum
C
after meals
D
by mouth
Question 22

What does top. mean?

A
as needed
B
topical
C
total parenteral nutrition
D
teaspoon
Question 23

What does a.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
left eye
C
left ear
D
both eyes
Question 24

What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
significant
C
if there is a need
D
signature
Question 25

What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
as directed
C
until done
D
once daily
Question 26

What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
dispense as written
C
dispense
D
ointment
Question 27

What does tsp mean?

A
teaspoon
B
tincture
C
tablespoon
D
immediately
Question 28

What does q.4h mean?

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

What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
after
C
of each
D
before
Question 30

What does NS mean?

A
not sufficient
B
nitroglycerin
C
normal saline
D
nausea
Question 31

What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
grain
C
gallon
D
gram
Question 32

What does ung. mean?

A
ointment
B
syrup
C
lozenge
D
spray
Question 33

What does prn mean?

A
as needed
B
immediately
C
every other day
D
through
Question 34

What does b.i.d. mean?

A
before meals
B
twice daily
C
by mouth
D
four times per day
Question 35

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 36

What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
grain
C
not more than
D
drop
Question 37

What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
around the clock
Question 38

What does p.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
at bedtime
C
through
D
as needed
Question 39

What does q.s. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every night at sunset
C
quantified self
D
every second
Question 40

What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
each ear
C
before meals
D
around the clock
Question 41

What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
dispense as written
C
dextrose 5% solution
D
divide
Question 42

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
three times a day
C
discontinue
D
give of such doses
Question 43

What does SL mean?

A
if there is a need
B
left ear
C
sublingually
D
solution
Question 44

What does a.m. mean?

A
right ear
B
morning
C
before meals
D
of each
Question 45

What does div. mean?

A
dilute
B
divert
C
divide
D
dispense as written
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