pharmacology


phar·ma·col·o·gy

noun \ˌfär-mə-ˈkä-lə-jē\

: the scientific study of drugs and how they are used in medicine

: a drug's qualities and effects

Full Definition of PHARMACOLOGY

1
:  the science of drugs including their origin, composition, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic use, and toxicology
2
:  the properties and reactions of drugs especially with relation to their therapeutic value
phar·ma·co·log·i·cal \-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ also phar·ma·co·log·ic \-jik\ adjective
phar·ma·co·log·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
phar·ma·col·o·gist \-ˈkä-lə-jist\ noun

Examples of PHARMACOLOGY

  1. We don't have a complete understanding of the new drug's pharmacology yet.

First Known Use of PHARMACOLOGY

1704

phar·ma·col·o·gy

noun \ˌfär-mə-ˈkäl-ə-jē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural phar·ma·col·o·gies

Medical Definition of PHARMACOLOGY

1
: the science of drugs including their origin, composition, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic use, and toxicology
2
: the properties and reactions of drugs especially with relation to their therapeutic value
phar·ma·co·log·i·cal \-kə-ˈläj-i-kəl\ also phar·ma·co·log·ic \-ik\ adjective
phar·ma·co·log·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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