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 d.t.d. mean?

A
give of such doses
B
as desired
C
three times a day
D
discontinue
Question 2

What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
dispense as written
D
divide with
Question 3

What does q.h. mean?

A
every day
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every night at bedtime
D
every hour
Question 4

What does q.4h mean?

A
at 4pm
B
every day before 4 pm
C
4 times per day
D
every 4 hours
Question 5

What does prn mean?

A
immediately
B
through
C
as needed
D
every other day
Question 6

What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
if there is a need
C
left ear
D
solution
Question 7

What does a.c. mean?

A
before meals
B
around the clock
C
after meals
D
each ear
Question 8

What does b.i.d. mean?

A
by mouth
B
before meals
C
four times per day
D
twice daily
Question 9

What does p.o. mean?

A
after meals
B
by mouth
C
powder
D
as needed
Question 10

What does a.u. mean?

A
left ear
B
both ears
C
both eyes
D
left eye
Question 11

What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dilute
C
divide
D
divert
Question 12

What does a.m. mean?

A
of each
B
right ear
C
before meals
D
morning
Question 13

What does ad lib. mean?

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

What does tsp mean?

A
immediately
B
tincture
C
teaspoon
D
tablespoon
Question 15

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
twice a day
B
four times per day
C
as desired
D
three times per day
Question 16

What does o.u. mean?

A
by mouth
B
both eyes
C
both ears
D
by rectum
Question 17

What does q.s. mean?

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

What does inj mean?

A
intravenous
B
injection
C
injury
D
intradermal
Question 19

What does sol mean?

A
without
B
solvent
C
solution
D
only
Question 20

What does aa mean?

A
after
B
up to
C
of each
D
before
Question 21

What does top. mean?

A
as needed
B
total parenteral nutrition
C
teaspoon
D
topical
Question 22

What does mEq mean?

A
milligram
B
milliequivalent
C
milliosmole
D
microgram
Question 23

What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
compound
C
pelvis
D
pulmonary
Question 24

What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
until done
C
as directed
D
once daily
Question 25

What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
grow
C
granular
D
gram
Question 26

What does cap. mean?

A
cover
B
capacity
C
inside cheek
D
capsule
Question 27

What does p.c. mean?

A
through
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
at bedtime
Question 28

What does NS mean?

A
nausea
B
not sufficient
C
nitroglycerin
D
normal saline
Question 29

What does D.W. mean?

A
divide
B
distilled water
C
dextrose 5% solution
D
dispense as written
Question 30

What does IM mean?

A
intramuscular
B
metered-dose inhaler
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 31

What does disp. mean?

A
ointment
B
dispense
C
discontinue
D
dispense as written
Question 32

What does NPO mean?

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

What does stat mean?

A
immediately
B
status
C
unchanged
D
as needed
Question 34

What does DAW mean?

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

What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
subcutaneously
C
solution
D
subliminally
Question 36

What does a.d. mean?

A
left ear
B
left eye
C
right ear
D
right eye
Question 37

What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
spray
C
lozenge
D
ointment
Question 38

What does supp mean?

A
suspension
B
support
C
supper
D
suppository
Question 39

What does gtt mean?

A
not more than
B
grain
C
drop
D
three times a day
Question 40

What does IV mean?

A
intradermal
B
injection
C
international unit
D
intravenous
Question 41

What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
grain
C
gallon
D
gram
Question 42

What does p.r. mean?

A
after meals
B
as needed
C
by mouth
D
by rectum
Question 43

What does o.s. mean?

A
right eye
B
right ear
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 44

What does sig mean?

A
signature
B
significant
C
if there is a need
D
write on label
Question 45

What does t.i.d. mean?

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