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 t.i.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
every other day
C
take as directed
D
two times a day
Question 2

What does stat mean?

A
as needed
B
unchanged
C
immediately
D
status
Question 3

What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
tablespoon
C
teaspoon
D
immediately
Question 4

What does u.d. mean?

A
once daily
B
as directed
C
until done
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 5

What does a.m. mean?

A
right ear
B
of each
C
morning
D
before meals
Question 6

What does q.4h mean?

A
every day before 4 pm
B
at 4pm
C
every 4 hours
D
4 times per day
Question 7

What does D.W. mean?

A
divide
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
dextrose 5% solution
Question 8

What does top. mean?

A
teaspoon
B
topical
C
as needed
D
total parenteral nutrition
Question 9

What does q.s. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every night at sunset
C
quantified self
D
every second
Question 10

What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gram
C
grain
D
gallon
Question 11

What does a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
around the clock
C
each ear
D
after meals
Question 12

What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
if there is a need
C
significant
D
signature
Question 13

What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
by mouth
Question 14

What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
divide
D
dispense as written
Question 15

What does ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
around the clock
C
after meals
D
as desired
Question 16

What does SL mean?

A
left ear
B
sublingually
C
solution
D
if there is a need
Question 17

What does q.i.d. mean?

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

What does DW mean?

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

What does disp. mean?

A
ointment
B
dispense as written
C
dispense
D
discontinue
Question 20

What does cap. mean?

A
capacity
B
capsule
C
cover
D
inside cheek
Question 21

What does div. mean?

A
divide
B
dilute
C
divert
D
dispense as written
Question 22

What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
drop
C
not more than
D
grain
Question 23

What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
by mouth
C
by rectum
D
both eyes
Question 24

What does p.r. mean?

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

What does NPO mean?

A
not to exceed
B
no repeats
C
nothing by mouth
D
shortness of breath
Question 26

What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
pulmonary
C
compound
D
pelvis
Question 27

What does p.c. mean?

A
at bedtime
B
as needed
C
through
D
after meals
Question 28

What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
milliosmole
C
milliequivalent
D
microgram
Question 29

What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
every other day
C
through
D
as needed
Question 30

What does NS mean?

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

What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
both ears
C
both eyes
D
left ear
Question 32

What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
intravenous
Question 33

What does ung. mean?

A
spray
B
lozenge
C
syrup
D
ointment
Question 34

What does supp mean?

A
support
B
suppository
C
supper
D
suspension
Question 35

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
three times a day
C
discontinue
D
give of such doses
Question 36

What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solvent
C
only
D
solution
Question 37

What does q.h. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every night at bedtime
C
every day
D
every hour
Question 38

What does a.d. mean?

A
left eye
B
right ear
C
left ear
D
right eye
Question 39

What does gr. mean?

A
gram
B
grow
C
grain
D
granular
Question 40

What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
subcutaneously
C
subliminally
D
sublingually
Question 41

What does b.i.d. mean?

A
before meals
B
twice daily
C
four times per day
D
by mouth
Question 42

What does o.s. mean?

A
right ear
B
left ear
C
left eye
D
right eye
Question 43

What does IV mean?

A
intradermal
B
intravenous
C
international unit
D
injection
Question 44

What does aa mean?

A
before
B
of each
C
after
D
up to
Question 45

What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
metered-dose inhaler
C
intramuscular
D
injection
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