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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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 The potential impact of Amazon’s arrival in the pharmaceutical space rippled through that sector immediately. Joe Pisani, USA TODAY, "Amazon launches its online pharmacy for medications and prescription refills, rattling CVS and other drugstore chains," 17 Nov. 2020 The subcommittee cited a $765 million contract awarded to Eastman Kodak to produce pharmaceutical ingredients. Washington Post, "Oversight report calls Trump administration response to the pandemic a ‘failure’," 30 Oct. 2020 The company had been producing some pharmaceutical ingredients for several years and had begun making hand sanitizer and face shields since the pandemic took hold. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Kodak Loan Debacle Puts a New Agency in the Hot Seat," 25 Oct. 2020 Lilly began reconfiguring the Branchburg plant in the spring to be able to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients for the experimental Covid-19 therapy. Anna Edney, Bloomberg.com, "Lilly Plant Making Covid Drug Flagged Again by Inspectors," 21 Oct. 2020 First, reporting requirements similar to those for food and active pharmaceutical ingredients should extend to excipients. Popular Science, "The ‘inactive' ingredients in your pills could harm you," 15 Sep. 2020 White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday blasted executives at Eastman Kodak for their handling of a government loan to produce pharmaceutical ingredients in the United States. NBC News, "'You can't fix stupid' — Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro rips Kodak executives," 17 Aug. 2020 The $765 million loan was meant to launch Kodak Pharmaceuticals, which will produce generic active pharmaceutical ingredients to reduce America's dependency on foreign drug makers. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Kodak stock dives 40% after $765 million loan is put on hold," 10 Aug. 2020 Last month, the International Development Finance Corporation signed a letter of intent to potentially give Kodak a $765 million loan to help pay for factory changes needed to make pharmaceutical ingredients in short supply in the U.S. CBS News, "Potential Kodak deal on hold until "allegations are cleared"," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Earlier this week, pharmaceutical company Moderna announced that its leading vaccine candidate is nearly 95% effective based on analysis by an independent panel of experts. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Pfizer and BioNTech to seek FDA authorization for first coronavirus vaccine Friday," 19 Nov. 2020 Last week, pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced that early data indicate its COVID-19 vaccine candidate is. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "These countries managed to turn COVID-19 around. Here’s how we could do the same.," 17 Nov. 2020 The Dow rose to a record for the first time in nine months after pharmaceutical company Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: Hawaii 'clarifies' statewide mask mandate; Alaska loses over 3,000 gas and oil jobs amid pandemic; 247K US deaths," 17 Nov. 2020 On Monday, a press release from the transnational pharmaceutical company Pfizer dropped a rare spark of hope into the ongoing misery of the Covid-19 pandemic. Adam Rogers, Wired, "We’ll Need More Than One Vaccine to Beat the Pandemic," 13 Nov. 2020 Monday's news that pharmaceutical company Pfizer's early results on a new COVID-19 vaccine showed a 90% efficacy rate on an initial clinical trial have given concert professionals hope that the business can start mounting a return in 2021. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "How Ticketmaster Plans to Check Your Vaccine Status for Concerts: Exclusive," 11 Nov. 2020 It was created by the British pharmaceutical company with researchers at the University of Oxford and its spinoff company, Vaccitech. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Another COVID-19 vaccine trial comes to Michigan as Beaumont announces study," 10 Nov. 2020 And pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly recently announced that its monoclonal antibody reduced the risk of hospitalization in 300 people who had mild or moderate symptoms of COVID-19, in a small clinical trial. Zoe Cormier, Scientific American, "Lab-Made ‘Miniproteins’ Could Block the Coronavirus from Infecting Cells," 12 Oct. 2020 In May 2019, pharmaceutical giant Merck bought cancer drug spinoff Peloton Therapeutics in a $2.2 billion deal. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "New biotech hub is a big win for Dallas’ ambitious Pegasus Park," 21 Sep. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Pharmaceutical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmaceutical. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for pharmaceutical

pharmaceutical

adjective
How to pronounce pharmaceutical (audio)

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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