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 pulv. mean?

A
pelvis
B
powder
C
pulmonary
D
compound
Question 2

What does q.4h mean?

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

What does p.r. mean?

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

What does inj mean?

A
injection
B
intradermal
C
injury
D
intravenous
Question 5

What does gr. mean?

A
granular
B
grow
C
gram
D
grain
Question 6

What does g mean?

A
grain
B
glucose
C
gallon
D
gram
Question 7

What does SL mean?

A
subcutaneously
B
solution
C
sublingually
D
subliminally
Question 8

What does p.o. mean?

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

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
discontinue
C
give of such doses
D
three times a day
Question 10

What does DW mean?

A
divide with
B
dextrose in water
C
distilled water
D
dispense as written
Question 11

What does b.i.d. mean?

A
four times per day
B
by mouth
C
twice daily
D
before meals
Question 12

What does a.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
left ear
C
both ears
D
left eye
Question 13

What does ad lib. mean?

A
around the clock
B
as desired
C
as needed
D
after meals
Question 14

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
four times per day
C
as desired
D
twice a day
Question 15

What does D.W. mean?

A
distilled water
B
dextrose 5% solution
C
divide
D
dispense as written
Question 16

What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dispense
C
discontinue
D
ointment
Question 17

What does q.s. mean?

A
quantified self
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every night at sunset
D
every second
Question 18

What does a.d. mean?

A
left eye
B
right eye
C
right ear
D
left ear
Question 19

What does tsp mean?

A
teaspoon
B
tablespoon
C
immediately
D
tincture
Question 20

What does SL mean?

A
left ear
B
solution
C
sublingually
D
if there is a need
Question 21

What does p.c. mean?

A
at bedtime
B
through
C
after meals
D
as needed
Question 22

What does u.d. mean?

A
as directed
B
until done
C
a sufficient quantity
D
once daily
Question 23

What does o.s. mean?

A
left eye
B
right eye
C
left ear
D
right ear
Question 24

What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
each ear
C
before meals
D
around the clock
Question 25

What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
of each
C
before
D
after
Question 26

What does supp mean?

A
suppository
B
suspension
C
supper
D
support
Question 27

What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divert
C
divide
D
dilute
Question 28

What does gtt mean?

A
three times a day
B
not more than
C
grain
D
drop
Question 29

What does cap. mean?

A
capsule
B
capacity
C
cover
D
inside cheek
Question 30

What does NS mean?

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

What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
if there is a need
C
write on label
D
significant
Question 32

What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
both ears
C
by mouth
D
both eyes
Question 33

What does t.i.d. mean?

A
every other day
B
three times a day
C
two times a day
D
take as directed
Question 34

What does a.m. mean?

A
before meals
B
of each
C
morning
D
right ear
Question 35

What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
divide
Question 36

What does IV mean?

A
injection
B
intradermal
C
international unit
D
intravenous
Question 37

What does prn mean?

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

What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
injection
C
intramuscular
D
intradermal
Question 39

What does NPO mean?

A
not to exceed
B
shortness of breath
C
nothing by mouth
D
no repeats
Question 40

What does sol mean?

A
solution
B
solvent
C
without
D
only
Question 41

What does stat mean?

A
unchanged
B
immediately
C
as needed
D
status
Question 42

What does q.h. mean?

A
every day
B
every hour
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every night at bedtime
Question 43

What does top. mean?

A
total parenteral nutrition
B
topical
C
as needed
D
teaspoon
Question 44

What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
lozenge
C
spray
D
ointment
Question 45

What does mEq mean?

A
milliequivalent
B
microgram
C
milligram
D
milliosmole
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