pharmaceutical

adjective
phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce pharmaceutical (audio) \

Definition of pharmaceutical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or engaged in pharmacy or the manufacture and sale of pharmaceuticals a pharmaceutical company

pharmaceutical

noun

Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal drug

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Other Words from pharmaceutical

Adjective

pharmaceutically \ ˌfär-​mə-​ˈsü-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pharmaceutically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of pharmaceutical in a Sentence

Adjective

lobbyists from the pharmaceutical industry

Noun

some pharmaceuticals can be quite risky unless taken correctly

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some medications are out of reach for many patients who need them because of the high prices pharmaceutical companies charge. Dana Brown, The New Republic, "The Case for a Public Option for the Drug Industry," 16 Sep. 2019 However, DeWine postponed all executions in July, citing difficulties obtaining the drugs from pharmaceutical companies that are reluctant to sell the drugs (which have other medical uses) for use in executions. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Ohio prison officials seek to destroy expired execution drugs amid fears they might be used," 13 Sep. 2019 Cooney began his career working in sales for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in Jamestown, New York. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Chris Cooney, co-founder and worldwide sales leader for Tellabs, dies at 77," 9 Sep. 2019 Executives from pharmaceutical giants such as Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Amgen have personally given roughly $200,000 in total campaign donations in the past year to select Senators. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Big Pharma’s image sinks to new low amid opioid crisis, high drug prices," 4 Sep. 2019 The ruling by Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman is the first of its kind in the country and could help shape similar lawsuits filed against the pharmaceutical giant and others. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "How the $572 million ruling against Johnson & Johnson in Oklahoma could affect Maryland," 27 Aug. 2019 In addition, the pharmaceutical giant supplied most of the nation’s opioid material to other drug manufacturers, refined by one of its companies from a variety of poppy that Johnson & Johnson developed and grew in Tasmania. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $572 Million in Landmark Opioid Trial," 26 Aug. 2019 Drugmakers Go Shopping In addition to researching therapies, the pharmaceutical giants are hunting for assets to buy. Riley Griffin, Bloomberg.com, "Intercept Tries to Outrun Pharma in Race for the Next Blockbuster," 10 Apr. 2019 This is a convenient story for the pharmaceutical giants, who can claim that any assault on their profit margins is an assault on the free market system itself, the source, in their minds, of all innovation. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Harry worked as an Elementary school teacher bookending a career as a pharmaceutical representative. courant.com, "Harry Taylor," 17 Sep. 2019 Insulin is a prime example of the difference a public pharmaceutical option could make. Dana Brown, The New Republic, "The Case for a Public Option for the Drug Industry," 16 Sep. 2019 Shamo ordered fentanyl online from China, set up the pill press in the basement and bought dyes and stamps to match popular pharmaceuticals. Washington Post, "The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout’s deadly fentanyl empire," 15 Sep. 2019 Shamo ordered fentanyl online from China, set up the pill press in the basement and bought dyes and stamps to match popular pharmaceuticals. Claire Galofaro And Lindsay Whitehurst, chicagotribune.com, "The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout’s deadly multimillion-dollar fentanyl trafficking empire," 14 Sep. 2019 Jessica Huybregts with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Public Drinking Water Section, described pharmaceuticals in her presentation to H-GAC as prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, and veterinary medications. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland PD offering safe place to dispose of drugs," 13 Sep. 2019 Today, microbes are used to produce a wide range of products including enzymes, foods, beverages, feedstocks, fuels and pharmaceuticals. Paul Vanouse, The Conversation, "An artist’s journey into the science of sweat," 12 Sep. 2019 Watching her grill a banking, health care or pharmaceutical executive has been a wonder. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Is a detention center a concentration camp?," 22 June 2019 The discovery further underscores the challenge pharmaceutical-industry regulators face in overseeing a vast global supply chain of drugs, drug ingredients and factory processes. Los Angeles Times, "Carcinogen in Zantac and generic heartburn drugs triggers investigations," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pharmaceutical

Adjective

1636, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pharmaceutical

Adjective

Late Latin pharmaceuticus, from Greek pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeuein to administer drugs — more at pharmacy

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The first known use of pharmaceutical was in 1636

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pharmaceutical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pharmaceutical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to the production and sale of drugs and medicine

pharmaceutical

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

technical : a drug or medicine

pharmaceutical

adjective
phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl How to pronounce pharmaceutical (audio) \
variants: also pharmaceutic \ -​ˈsüt-​ik How to pronounce pharmaceutic (audio) \

Medical Definition of pharmaceutical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or engaged in pharmacy or the manufacture and sale of pharmaceuticals a pharmaceutical company

Other Words from pharmaceutical

pharmaceutically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pharmaceutically (audio) \ adverb

pharmaceutical

noun
variants: also pharmaceutic

Medical Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal drug

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