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 sol mean?

A
solvent
B
only
C
without
D
solution
Question 2

What does NPO mean?

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

What does IV mean?

A
intradermal
B
injection
C
international unit
D
intravenous
Question 4

What does g mean?

A
glucose
B
gallon
C
grain
D
gram
Question 5

What does o.s. mean?

A
right ear
B
left eye
C
left ear
D
right eye
Question 6

What does a.d. mean?

A
left eye
B
right ear
C
right eye
D
left ear
Question 7

What does t.i.d. mean?

A
take as directed
B
two times a day
C
three times a day
D
every other day
Question 8

What does q.i.d. mean?

A
three times per day
B
four times per day
C
twice a day
D
as desired
Question 9

What does IM mean?

A
metered-dose inhaler
B
intramuscular
C
intradermal
D
injection
Question 10

What does gtt mean?

A
not more than
B
grain
C
drop
D
three times a day
Question 11

What does SL mean?

A
sublingually
B
if there is a need
C
solution
D
left ear
Question 12

What does a.u. mean?

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

What does disp. mean?

A
discontinue
B
dispense
C
dispense as written
D
ointment
Question 14

What does DW mean?

A
dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
divide with
D
dispense as written
Question 15

What does pulv. mean?

A
compound
B
pelvis
C
powder
D
pulmonary
Question 16

What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
divert
C
divide
D
dilute
Question 17

What does DAW mean?

A
5% dextrose in water
B
distilled water
C
divide
D
dispense as written
Question 18

What does q.s. mean?

A
every second
B
quantified self
C
a sufficient quantity
D
every night at sunset
Question 19

What does p.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
as needed
C
at bedtime
D
through
Question 20

What does top. mean?

A
teaspoon
B
as needed
C
total parenteral nutrition
D
topical
Question 21

What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
subcutaneously
C
sublingually
D
subliminally
Question 22

What does p.r. mean?

A
as needed
B
by mouth
C
by rectum
D
after meals
Question 23

What does inj mean?

A
intravenous
B
intradermal
C
injection
D
injury
Question 24

What does q.4h mean?

A
at 4pm
B
every day before 4 pm
C
every 4 hours
D
4 times per day
Question 25

What does prn mean?

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

What does cap. mean?

A
capsule
B
capacity
C
cover
D
inside cheek
Question 27

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
discontinue
B
three times a day
C
give of such doses
D
as desired
Question 28

What does tsp mean?

A
teaspoon
B
tincture
C
tablespoon
D
immediately
Question 29

What does a.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
around the clock
C
before meals
D
each ear
Question 30

What does o.u. mean?

A
by rectum
B
both ears
C
by mouth
D
both eyes
Question 31

What does supp mean?

A
support
B
suspension
C
supper
D
suppository
Question 32

What does a.m. mean?

A
right ear
B
of each
C
before meals
D
morning
Question 33

What does gr. mean?

A
grow
B
grain
C
granular
D
gram
Question 34

What does D.W. mean?

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

What does u.d. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
as directed
C
once daily
D
until done
Question 36

What does q.h. mean?

A
every night at bedtime
B
every hour
C
every day
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 37

What does p.o. mean?

A
powder
B
as needed
C
after meals
D
by mouth
Question 38

What does sig mean?

A
significant
B
if there is a need
C
write on label
D
signature
Question 39

What does NS mean?

A
not sufficient
B
nitroglycerin
C
nausea
D
normal saline
Question 40

What does mEq mean?

A
milliosmole
B
milligram
C
milliequivalent
D
microgram
Question 41

What does ad lib. mean?

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

What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
before
C
after
D
of each
Question 43

What does stat mean?

A
unchanged
B
as needed
C
status
D
immediately
Question 44

What does ung. mean?

A
lozenge
B
spray
C
syrup
D
ointment
Question 45

What does b.i.d. mean?

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