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 SL mean?

A
subliminally
B
subcutaneously
C
sublingually
D
solution
Question 2

What does NPO mean?

A
shortness of breath
B
no repeats
C
nothing by mouth
D
not to exceed
Question 3

What does div. mean?

A
divert
B
divide
C
dilute
D
dispense as written
Question 4

What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
ointment
C
spray
D
lozenge
Question 5

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
three times a day
C
give of such doses
D
discontinue
Question 6

What does supp mean?

A
suspension
B
suppository
C
support
D
supper
Question 7

What does DAW mean?

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

What does p.r. mean?

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

What does gtt mean?

A
not more than
B
grain
C
drop
D
three times a day
Question 10

What does b.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
twice daily
C
before meals
D
by mouth
Question 11

What does D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
divide
Question 12

What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
until done
C
as directed
D
once daily
Question 13

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
three times per day
C
twice a day
D
four times per day
Question 14

What does NS mean?

A
not sufficient
B
nitroglycerin
C
normal saline
D
nausea
Question 15

What does IM mean?

A
injection
B
intramuscular
C
metered-dose inhaler
D
intradermal
Question 16

What does SL mean?

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

What does top. mean?

A
total parenteral nutrition
B
as needed
C
teaspoon
D
topical
Question 18

What does a.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
left eye
C
both ears
D
left ear
Question 19

What does tsp mean?

A
immediately
B
tablespoon
C
teaspoon
D
tincture
Question 20

What does q.4h mean?

A
every 4 hours
B
every day before 4 pm
C
at 4pm
D
4 times per day
Question 21

What does q.h. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every hour
C
every day
D
every night at bedtime
Question 22

What does stat mean?

A
as needed
B
unchanged
C
immediately
D
status
Question 23

What does p.o. mean?

A
after meals
B
by mouth
C
as needed
D
powder
Question 24

What does mEq mean?

A
milliosmole
B
milligram
C
microgram
D
milliequivalent
Question 25

What does prn mean?

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

What does inj mean?

A
intravenous
B
injury
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 27

What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solvent
C
only
D
solution
Question 28

What does gr. mean?

A
grow
B
grain
C
granular
D
gram
Question 29

What does DW mean?

A
divide with
B
dextrose in water
C
distilled water
D
dispense as written
Question 30

What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gram
C
gallon
D
grain
Question 31

What does pulv. mean?

A
pulmonary
B
pelvis
C
powder
D
compound
Question 32

What does q.s. mean?

A
every night at sunset
B
a sufficient quantity
C
quantified self
D
every second
Question 33

What does IV mean?

A
intravenous
B
international unit
C
injection
D
intradermal
Question 34

What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
three times a day
C
two times a day
D
every other day
Question 35

What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
inside cheek
C
capsule
D
capacity
Question 36

What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
before meals
D
each ear
Question 37

What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 38

What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
of each
C
before
D
after
Question 39

What does disp. mean?

A
dispense
B
dispense as written
C
discontinue
D
ointment
Question 40

What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
around the clock
C
after meals
D
as needed
Question 41

What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
left ear
C
right ear
D
left eye
Question 42

What does a.m. mean?

A
right ear
B
of each
C
morning
D
before meals
Question 43

What does p.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
through
C
as needed
D
at bedtime
Question 44

What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
by mouth
C
both eyes
D
both ears
Question 45

What does sig mean?

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