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pharma

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noun phar·ma \ˈfär-mə\

Definition of pharma

  1. :  a pharmaceutical company; also :  large pharmaceutical companies as a group



Origin of pharma

short for pharmaceutical


First Known Use: 1992


Medical Dictionary

pharma

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noun phar·ma \ˈfär-mə\

Medical Definition of pharma

  1. :  a pharmaceutical company <But the rate at which pharmas have grown in size pales beside the acceleration of relevant scientific knowledge during the same period.—Science, 13 Apr. 2001>; also :  large pharmaceutical companies as a group <Another issue pharma will face is an even more cost-conscious consumer as a result of insurers continuing to pass on additional costs to their members.—Shaun Urban, Medical Marketing and Media, February 2011> <The Medicare prescription drug benefit enacted in 2003, and scheduled to go into effect in 2006, promises a windfall for big pharma since it forbids the government from negotiating prices.—Marcia Angell, The New York Review of Books, 15 July 2004>




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