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

Other Words from pharmaceutical

Adjective

pharmaceutically \ ˌfär-​mə-​ˈsü-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pharmaceutical (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 Along with other pharmaceutical companies, Forest Labs was ensnared in a federal government crackdown on marketing practices. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 The solution, Minter and other advocates said, would be a federal price cap, preventing pharmaceutical companies from continuing to raise the price of insulin. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 7 Jan. 2022 But the most damning piece for the jury was the claim that Theranos would bring in $40 million in revenue from pharmaceutical companies in 2014 despite a lack of contracts. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 7 Jan. 2022 Prabhala said about 120 facilities around the world, including some in poorer countries, could produce mRNA vaccines if the pharmaceutical companies transferred their technology. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 The deal, which was reached in July 2021, will disperse a massive amount of cash to states and local governments and could provide an opportunity to mitigate some of the harms done by pharmaceutical companies since the 1990s. Molly Osberg, The New Republic, 5 Jan. 2022 This will remain a gray area because definitive proof has never been brought of what Elizabeth Holmes said about the Theranos technology being validated by pharmaceutical companies. Aron Solomon, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2022 The core idea was to create a framework where research in aging could translate into the many therapeutic areas to help treat or prevent disease and provide the commercialization pathway for the pharmaceutical companies. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Attorneys for the New York state attorney general and Nassau and Suffolk counties alleged that pharmaceutical companies and distributors used deceptive marketing and failed to adequately track and report suspicious orders. Kris Maher, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Before widespread use of generic drugs, pharmaceutical companies could count on a long run of moderate prices to earn back their investments in drug research and development. WSJ, 2 Jan. 2022 Who bears the main responsibility for fighting Covid — government agencies and pharmaceutical companies, or individuals? Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 Much of the thanks for that goes to the researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and health care providers whose skill, ingenuity, and determination have been awe-inspiring. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2021 But pharmaceutical companies say emphatically these pills should be used as a last resort and for patients who are already sick. Dr. Navjot Kaur Sobti, ABC News, 18 Dec. 2021 The vaccine is being made by BioNTech, the German pharmaceutical company that partnered with Pfizer last year to produce the first Covid vaccine to be authorized for emergency use in the U.S. NBC News, 17 Dec. 2021 The treatment, called VUITY, is the first and only prescription eye drop for use to treat the condition, according to a press release issued Thursday by pharmaceutical company Allergan. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, 9 Dec. 2021 One pharmaceutical company, Sanofi Pasteur, began development for a West Nile vaccine that completed Phase II clinical trials in 2009. Melina Walling, The Arizona Republic, 19 Oct. 2021 CyanVac LLC, of Athens, Georgia, a small pharmaceutical manufacturing company founded in 2017, developed the vaccine that's about to be tested. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 2 Sep. 2021

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Pharmaceutical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmaceutical. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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)

: 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 pharmaceutical (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 pharmaceutical (audio) \ adverb

pharmaceutical

noun
variants: also pharmaceutic

Medical Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal drug

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