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
distilled water
C
divide with
D
dispense as written
Question 2

What does q.4h mean?

A
every day before 4 pm
B
at 4pm
C
every 4 hours
D
4 times per day
Question 3

What does t.i.d. mean?

A
every other day
B
take as directed
C
two times a day
D
three times a day
Question 4

What does q.s. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
quantified self
C
every night at sunset
D
every second
Question 5

What does tsp mean?

A
tablespoon
B
teaspoon
C
tincture
D
immediately
Question 6

What does a.u. mean?

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

What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
not sufficient
C
normal saline
D
nausea
Question 8

What does SL mean?

A
subliminally
B
solution
C
sublingually
D
subcutaneously
Question 9

What does ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
as desired
C
around the clock
D
after meals
Question 10

What does sol mean?

A
solvent
B
solution
C
without
D
only
Question 11

What does top. mean?

A
topical
B
total parenteral nutrition
C
as needed
D
teaspoon
Question 12

What does mEq mean?

A
milliequivalent
B
microgram
C
milligram
D
milliosmole
Question 13

What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
dispense as written
C
ointment
D
dispense
Question 14

What does q.h. mean?

A
every night at bedtime
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every day
D
every hour
Question 15

What does a.d. mean?

A
left eye
B
right eye
C
left ear
D
right ear
Question 16

What does gr. mean?

A
grow
B
granular
C
grain
D
gram
Question 17

What does b.i.d. mean?

A
by mouth
B
four times per day
C
before meals
D
twice daily
Question 18

What does supp mean?

A
suspension
B
support
C
suppository
D
supper
Question 19

What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
right eye
C
left ear
D
right ear
Question 20

What does a.c. mean?

A
around the clock
B
before meals
C
each ear
D
after meals
Question 21

What does sig mean?

A
if there is a need
B
significant
C
write on label
D
signature
Question 22

What does p.o. mean?

A
as needed
B
powder
C
after meals
D
by mouth
Question 23

What does IV mean?

A
injection
B
international unit
C
intradermal
D
intravenous
Question 24

What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gram
C
grain
D
gallon
Question 25

What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
as needed
C
through
D
every other day
Question 26

What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
pelvis
C
compound
D
pulmonary
Question 27

What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
by mouth
C
both eyes
D
by rectum
Question 28

What does NPO mean?

A
shortness of breath
B
not to exceed
C
nothing by mouth
D
no repeats
Question 29

What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
intravenous
C
injection
D
intradermal
Question 30

What does ung. mean?

A
ointment
B
spray
C
lozenge
D
syrup
Question 31

What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
before
C
of each
D
after
Question 32

What does D.W. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dextrose 5% solution
C
divide
D
distilled water
Question 33

What does p.r. mean?

A
by rectum
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
by mouth
Question 34

What does DAW mean?

A
divide
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
5% dextrose in water
Question 35

What does d.t.d. mean?

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

What does cap. mean?

A
capacity
B
inside cheek
C
capsule
D
cover
Question 37

What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
injection
C
intradermal
D
intramuscular
Question 38

What does stat mean?

A
as needed
B
immediately
C
unchanged
D
status
Question 39

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
twice a day
B
three times per day
C
as desired
D
four times per day
Question 40

What does p.c. mean?

A
as needed
B
after meals
C
at bedtime
D
through
Question 41

What does u.d. mean?

A
until done
B
once daily
C
as directed
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 42

What does div. mean?

A
divide
B
dispense as written
C
divert
D
dilute
Question 43

What does a.m. mean?

A
before meals
B
of each
C
morning
D
right ear
Question 44

What does gtt mean?

A
grain
B
not more than
C
drop
D
three times a day
Question 45

What does SL mean?

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