pharmacy


phar·ma·cy

noun \ˈfär-mə-sē\

: a store or part of a store in which drugs and medicines are prepared and sold

: a place in a hospital where drugs and medicines are prepared and given out

: the practice and profession of preparing drugs and medicines

plural phar·ma·cies

Full Definition of PHARMACY

1
:  the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs
2
a :  a place where medicines are compounded or dispensed
b :  drugstore
3

Examples of PHARMACY

  1. There's a pharmacy in our grocery store now.
  2. She's studying pharmacy at the university.

Origin of PHARMACY

Late Latin pharmacia administration of drugs, from Greek pharmakeia, from pharmakeuein to administer drugs, from pharmakon magic charm, poison, drug
First Known Use: 1651

Related to PHARMACY

Other Pharmacology Terms

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phar·ma·cy

noun \ˈfär-mə-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural phar·ma·cies

Medical Definition of PHARMACY

1
: the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs
2
a : a place where medicines are compounded or dispensed <a hospital pharmacy> b : drugstore

pharmacy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Science dealing with collection, preparation, and standardization of drugs. Pharmacists, who must earn a qualifying degree, prepare and dispense prescribed medications. They formerly mixed and measured drug products from raw materials according to doctors' prescriptions, and they are still responsible for formulating, storing, and providing correct dosages of medicines, now usually produced by pharmaceutical companies as premeasured tablets or capsules. They also advise patients on the use of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Laws regulating the pharmaceutical industry are based on the national pharmacopoeia, which outlines the purity and dosages of numerous medicinal products.

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