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 q.s. mean?

A
every second
B
quantified self
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every night at sunset
Question 2

What does b.i.d. mean?

A
by mouth
B
twice daily
C
before meals
D
four times per day
Question 3

What does sig mean?

A
write on label
B
signature
C
significant
D
if there is a need
Question 4

What does p.o. mean?

A
after meals
B
powder
C
by mouth
D
as needed
Question 5

What does IV mean?

A
injection
B
intradermal
C
international unit
D
intravenous
Question 6

What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
divide
D
dispense as written
Question 7

What does ung. mean?

A
ointment
B
spray
C
syrup
D
lozenge
Question 8

What does SL mean?

A
left ear
B
sublingually
C
if there is a need
D
solution
Question 9

What does div. mean?

A
divert
B
dispense as written
C
dilute
D
divide
Question 10

What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
injection
C
intravenous
D
intradermal
Question 11

What does gtt mean?

A
not more than
B
grain
C
drop
D
three times a day
Question 12

What does D.W. mean?

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

What does q.4h mean?

A
at 4pm
B
every day before 4 pm
C
every 4 hours
D
4 times per day
Question 14

What does disp. mean?

A
ointment
B
discontinue
C
dispense
D
dispense as written
Question 15

What does pulv. mean?

A
compound
B
pelvis
C
pulmonary
D
powder
Question 16

What does u.d. mean?

A
until done
B
as directed
C
once daily
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 17

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
as desired
B
discontinue
C
give of such doses
D
three times a day
Question 18

What does a.m. mean?

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

What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
normal saline
C
not sufficient
D
nausea
Question 20

What does DW mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divide with
C
dextrose in water
D
distilled water
Question 21

What does a.d. mean?

A
left ear
B
left eye
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 22

What does q.h. mean?

A
every day
B
every hour
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every night at bedtime
Question 23

What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gallon
C
grain
D
gram
Question 24

What does a.u. mean?

A
left eye
B
left ear
C
both eyes
D
both ears
Question 25

What does p.r. mean?

A
after meals
B
by rectum
C
as needed
D
by mouth
Question 26

What does IM mean?

A
intradermal
B
metered-dose inhaler
C
intramuscular
D
injection
Question 27

What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solution
C
only
D
solvent
Question 28

What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
each ear
C
before meals
D
around the clock
Question 29

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
twice a day
C
four times per day
D
as desired
Question 30

What does tsp mean?

A
tablespoon
B
tincture
C
immediately
D
teaspoon
Question 31

What does mEq mean?

A
microgram
B
milligram
C
milliequivalent
D
milliosmole
Question 32

What does o.s. mean?

A
right ear
B
left eye
C
right eye
D
left ear
Question 33

What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
of each
C
before
D
after
Question 34

What does p.c. mean?

A
at bedtime
B
through
C
after meals
D
as needed
Question 35

What does cap. mean?

A
capacity
B
capsule
C
cover
D
inside cheek
Question 36

What does prn mean?

A
through
B
every other day
C
immediately
D
as needed
Question 37

What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
subliminally
C
subcutaneously
D
sublingually
Question 38

What does supp mean?

A
supper
B
suppository
C
support
D
suspension
Question 39

What does o.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
by mouth
C
both ears
D
by rectum
Question 40

What does gr. mean?

A
grow
B
granular
C
gram
D
grain
Question 41

What does ad lib. mean?

A
as desired
B
after meals
C
around the clock
D
as needed
Question 42

What does top. mean?

A
total parenteral nutrition
B
teaspoon
C
as needed
D
topical
Question 43

What does NPO mean?

A
not to exceed
B
no repeats
C
nothing by mouth
D
shortness of breath
Question 44

What does t.i.d. mean?

A
two times a day
B
every other day
C
take as directed
D
three times a day
Question 45

What does stat mean?

A
immediately
B
as needed
C
status
D
unchanged
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