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.c. mean?

A
around the clock
B
before meals
C
after meals
D
each ear
Question 2

What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
dextrose 5% solution
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 3

What does ad lib. mean?

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
as needed
D
as desired
Question 4

What does tsp mean?

A
tablespoon
B
teaspoon
C
immediately
D
tincture
Question 5

What does a.u. mean?

A
left ear
B
both ears
C
left eye
D
both eyes
Question 6

What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
compound
C
powder
D
pelvis
Question 7

What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
if there is a need
C
write on label
D
significant
Question 8

What does NS mean?

A
nausea
B
not sufficient
C
normal saline
D
nitroglycerin
Question 9

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
twice a day
B
four times per day
C
three times per day
D
as desired
Question 10

What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solvent
C
only
D
solution
Question 11

What does o.u. mean?

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

What does DAW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
5% dextrose in water
C
distilled water
D
divide
Question 13

What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
not more than
C
grain
D
drop
Question 14

What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
milliequivalent
C
microgram
D
milliosmole
Question 15

What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
if there is a need
C
left ear
D
sublingually
Question 16

What does q.s. mean?

A
every second
B
a sufficient quantity
C
quantified self
D
every night at sunset
Question 17

What does t.i.d. mean?

A
three times a day
B
two times a day
C
every other day
D
take as directed
Question 18

What does a.m. mean?

A
of each
B
right ear
C
morning
D
before meals
Question 19

What does stat mean?

A
status
B
immediately
C
as needed
D
unchanged
Question 20

What does q.h. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every day
C
every hour
D
every night at bedtime
Question 21

What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
international unit
C
injection
D
intradermal
Question 22

What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
at 4pm
C
every day before 4 pm
D
4 times per day
Question 23

What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
grow
C
gram
D
granular
Question 24

What does div. mean?

A
divide
B
divert
C
dispense as written
D
dilute
Question 25

What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
supper
C
suspension
D
support
Question 26

What does top. mean?

A
teaspoon
B
as needed
C
topical
D
total parenteral nutrition
Question 27

What does p.r. mean?

A
by rectum
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
by mouth
Question 28

What does aa mean?

A
after
B
of each
C
before
D
up to
Question 29

What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
intravenous
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 30

What does g mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
glucose
D
gallon
Question 31

What does IM mean?

A
intramuscular
B
intradermal
C
metered-dose inhaler
D
injection
Question 32

What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
not to exceed
C
shortness of breath
D
no repeats
Question 33

What does p.o. mean?

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

What does b.i.d. mean?

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

What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dispense
C
discontinue
D
ointment
Question 36

What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
lozenge
C
ointment
D
spray
Question 37

What does prn mean?

A
through
B
immediately
C
as needed
D
every other day
Question 38

What does o.s. mean?

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

What does cap. mean?

A
inside cheek
B
cover
C
capsule
D
capacity
Question 40

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
discontinue
B
as desired
C
give of such doses
D
three times a day
Question 41

What does u.d. mean?

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

What does p.c. mean?

A
as needed
B
at bedtime
C
through
D
after meals
Question 43

What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
solution
C
subliminally
D
subcutaneously
Question 44

What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
dispense as written
C
divide with
D
distilled water
Question 45

What does a.d. mean?

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