apothecary

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noun apoth·e·cary \ə-ˈpä-thə-ˌker-ē, -ˌke-rē\

Definition of apothecary

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apothecaries

  1. 1 :  one who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes

  2. 2 :  pharmacy

Examples of apothecary in a Sentence

  1. in olden days the apothecary had few drugs that actually cured anything, most substances being little more than pain relievers

  2. the historic village boasts an old-fashioned apothecary that's been there for almost a century and a half

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Apothecaries, bodegas, and boutiques

Apothecary, bodega, and boutique may not look very similar, but they are all related both in meaning and in origin. Each of these words can be traced back to a Latin word for “storehouse” (apotheca), and each one refers in English to a retail establishment of some sort. Although bodega initially meant “a storehouse for wine,” it now most commonly refers to a grocery store in an urban area, especially one that specializes in Hispanic groceries. Boutique has also taken on new meanings: its first sense in English (“a small retail store”) is still current, but it now may also denote “a small company that offers highly specialized products or services.” Of the three words, apothecary has changed the least; it has gone from referring solely to the person who sells drugs or medicines to also naming the store where such goods are sold.

Origin and Etymology of apothecary

Middle English apothecarie, from Medieval Latin apothecarius, from Late Latin, shopkeeper, from Latin apotheca storehouse, from Greek apothēkē, from apotithenai to put away, from apo- + tithenai to put — more at do


APOTHECARY Defined for English Language Learners

apothecary

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Definition of apothecary for English Language Learners

  • : a person who prepared and sold medicines in past times


APOTHECARY Defined for Kids

apothecary

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noun apoth·e·cary \ə-ˈpä-thə-ˌker-ē\

Definition of apothecary for Students

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apothecaries


Medical Dictionary

apothecary

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noun apoth·e·cary \ə-ˈpäth-ə-ˌker-ē\

Medical Definition of apothecary

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apothecaries

  1. 1:  a person who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes :  druggist, pharmacist

  2. 2:  pharmacy 2a



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