drug·​store | \ ˈdrəg-ˌstȯr How to pronounce drugstore (audio) \

Definition of drugstore

: a retail store where medicines and miscellaneous articles are sold : pharmacy

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Synonyms for drugstore


apothecary, pharmacy

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Examples of drugstore in a Sentence

we picked up her medicine and some toothpaste at the drugstore

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Filling More Than Prescriptions At black-owned Premier Pharmacy and Wellness Center near Grier Heights, a historically black neighborhood in Charlotte, N.C., the playlist is almost as important as the acute care clinic attached to the drugstore. NBC News, "How black pharmacists are closing the cultural gap in health care," 25 June 2019 That May, McKesson agreed to pay a $13 million fine - then a record for a drug diversion case - for failing to report suspicious orders from the Internet pharmacies and drugstores. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Tactic 8’ in the secret drug industry plan to defeat the DEA: Find a champion in Congress," 14 Sep. 2019 This budget-friendly drugstore beauty favorite is available on Amazon for under $10. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "This $7 Hair Styling Spray Has Been Ashley Graham’s Go-To Since Middle School," 10 Sep. 2019 By July, Fred's had just 80 stores and 166 drugstores, mostly around its distribution center in Dublin, Georgia, according to a release. Sarah Min, CBS News, "Fred's to close all remaining stores after declaring bankruptcy," 9 Sep. 2019 In 1921, the first pack of Kotex crossed a drugstore counter. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "How tampons and pads became so unsustainable," 6 Sep. 2019 Taken together, the decisions illustrate the company's evolution away from its image as a drugstore. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "How quitting tobacco reshaped CVS: Q&A with CEO Larry Merlo," 3 Sep. 2019 For water and canned goods and snacks, try other stores with provisions such as convenience stores, drugstores and liquor stores. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian food prep: Eating in and eating out before, during and after the storm," 29 Aug. 2019 After raiding the drugstore for over-the-counter treatments with little success, my mom finally took me to a dermatologist at the start of my junior year. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "9 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Starting Accutane," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of drugstore

1771, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drugstore was in 1771

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English Language Learners Definition of drugstore

US : a store that sells medicines and various other products (such as newspapers, candy, soap, etc.)


drug·​store | \ ˈdrəg-ˌstȯr How to pronounce drugstore (audio) \

Kids Definition of drugstore

: a store where medicines and other items are sold : pharmacy


drug·​store | \ -ˌstō(ə)r, -ˌstȯ(ə)r How to pronounce drugstore (audio) \

Medical Definition of drugstore

: a retail store where medicines and miscellaneous articles (as food, cosmetics, and film) are sold

called also pharmacy

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