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 b.i.d. mean?

A
by mouth
B
twice daily
C
four times per day
D
before meals
Question 2

What does gtt mean?

A
grain
B
drop
C
not more than
D
three times a day
Question 3

What does u.d. mean?

A
until done
B
as directed
C
once daily
D
a sufficient quantity
Question 4

What does o.s. mean?

A
right ear
B
right eye
C
left ear
D
left eye
Question 5

What does top. mean?

A
teaspoon
B
as needed
C
topical
D
total parenteral nutrition
Question 6

What does SL mean?

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

What does p.o. mean?

A
by mouth
B
after meals
C
as needed
D
powder
Question 8

What does p.c. mean?

A
after meals
B
through
C
as needed
D
at bedtime
Question 9

What does t.i.d. mean?

A
two times a day
B
three times a day
C
every other day
D
take as directed
Question 10

What does D.W. mean?

A
dextrose 5% solution
B
dispense as written
C
distilled water
D
divide
Question 11

What does a.d. mean?

A
right eye
B
left ear
C
right ear
D
left eye
Question 12

What does prn mean?

A
through
B
as needed
C
immediately
D
every other day
Question 13

What does q.h. mean?

A
a sufficient quantity
B
every day
C
every night at bedtime
D
every hour
Question 14

What does q.4h mean?

A
every day before 4 pm
B
4 times per day
C
at 4pm
D
every 4 hours
Question 15

What does a.c. mean?

A
around the clock
B
after meals
C
before meals
D
each ear
Question 16

What does aa mean?

A
up to
B
of each
C
before
D
after
Question 17

What does gr. mean?

A
grain
B
gram
C
granular
D
grow
Question 18

What does o.u. mean?

A
both ears
B
both eyes
C
by mouth
D
by rectum
Question 19

What does g mean?

A
grain
B
gallon
C
gram
D
glucose
Question 20

What does cap. mean?

A
capacity
B
capsule
C
cover
D
inside cheek
Question 21

What does IV mean?

A
intradermal
B
injection
C
intravenous
D
international unit
Question 22

What does stat mean?

A
immediately
B
unchanged
C
status
D
as needed
Question 23

What does p.r. mean?

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

What does NS mean?

A
nitroglycerin
B
not sufficient
C
nausea
D
normal saline
Question 25

What does ung. mean?

A
syrup
B
ointment
C
lozenge
D
spray
Question 26

What does inj mean?

A
injury
B
intravenous
C
injection
D
intradermal
Question 27

What does ad lib. mean?

A
as needed
B
as desired
C
after meals
D
around the clock
Question 28

What does a.u. mean?

A
both eyes
B
left ear
C
both ears
D
left eye
Question 29

What does q.i.d. mean?

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

What does IM mean?

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

What does pulv. mean?

A
powder
B
pulmonary
C
pelvis
D
compound
Question 32

What does a.m. mean?

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

What does supp mean?

A
supper
B
support
C
suppository
D
suspension
Question 34

What does div. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
dilute
C
divert
D
divide
Question 35

What does disp. mean?

A
dispense as written
B
ointment
C
discontinue
D
dispense
Question 36

What does NPO mean?

A
nothing by mouth
B
shortness of breath
C
no repeats
D
not to exceed
Question 37

What does mEq mean?

A
milliequivalent
B
milligram
C
microgram
D
milliosmole
Question 38

What does sig mean?

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

What does SL mean?

A
solution
B
sublingually
C
subcutaneously
D
subliminally
Question 40

What does DAW mean?

A
distilled water
B
divide
C
5% dextrose in water
D
dispense as written
Question 41

What does q.s. mean?

A
quantified self
B
a sufficient quantity
C
every second
D
every night at sunset
Question 42

What does tsp mean?

A
tincture
B
tablespoon
C
teaspoon
D
immediately
Question 43

What does sol mean?

A
only
B
solvent
C
solution
D
without
Question 44

What does d.t.d. mean?

A
give of such doses
B
as desired
C
three times a day
D
discontinue
Question 45

What does DW mean?

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