pharmaceutical

adjective
phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl \

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 \ 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 pharmaceutical sector is exploring setting up microgrids organized by region that could serve clusters of companies. Andrew Scurria And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Puerto Rico Picks Bidders for Ailing Power Utility," 20 Jan. 2019 World-wide sales of biologics totaled $271.8 billion in 2018 and are expected to rise to $290 billion this year, according to EvaluatePharma, a provider of pharmaceutical market data and analysis. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Samsung Faces Resistance From Big Pharma in the U.S.," 11 Jan. 2019 One of my favorite books of 2017 was io9 founder Annalee Newitz’s debut novel, Autonomous, about pharmaceutical pirates named Jack and the robot and government agent pair who pursue her. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 In addition to herbal supplements, there are two pharmaceutical medications intended to increase milk supply: domperidone and metoclopramide, otherwise known as reglan, which Bazzano also assessed in her review. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 European pharmaceutical companies, which manufactured the main lethal injection drugs used in the US and exported them across the world, stopped supplying them to North America circa 2009, which created a massive shortage. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Tennessee death row inmates ask for electrocution over lethal injection. It’s a form of protest.," 3 Dec. 2018 And over the summer, Amazon purchased online pharmaceutical startup PillPack, as part of its quest to both enter into the healthcare market and also better compete with brick-and-mortar pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Apple might help bring veterans’ medical records into the modern era," 21 Nov. 2018 Other studies have shown high concentrations of penicillin and other drugs in runoff from farms and near pharmaceutical plants. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 On arrival, that intent is clear; the duo have created a kaleidoscopic wonderland with video installations and fictitious pharmaceutical products. Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Fall," 31 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The legislation simply required pharmaceutical sales reps promoting medicines at doctors' offices to also reveal a price. Washington Post, "As States Target High Drug Prices, Pharma Targets State Lawmakers," 6 Mar. 2018 Davis is a pharmaceutical sales representative for Eli Lilly in Atlanta. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Basketball recruiting: How Indiana's top ranked recruits from the past 15 years have fared," 6 Mar. 2018 The legislation simply required pharmaceutical sales reps promoting medicines at doctors’ offices to also reveal a price. Jay Hancock, Philly.com, "How Pharma is targeting states that try to rein in drug prices," 1 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb slipped 0.6% after the pharmaceutical company’s earnings fell below analysts’ estimates. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Mixed as Earnings Season Picks Up," 24 Jan. 2019 The group works with researchers and pharmaceutical companies to bring promising drugs to clinical trial. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 Doctors have theorized the poisoning could have come from a variety of substances, including high doses of some pharmaceuticals and plants that contain particular toxins. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Pussy Riot member was in 'black hole' following possible poisoning," 25 Sep. 2018 Cass Plott said, beginning the odyssey of pharmaceuticals. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati tested the marijuana drug that the FDA has just approved," 27 June 2018 Would create a state bank to take tax receipts from cannabis sales and use them to fund production of low-cost pharmaceuticals. San Francisco Chronicle, "Where candidates for governor stand on California’s biggest issues," 17 May 2018

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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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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 \
variants: also pharmaceutic \ -​ˈsüt-​ik \

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 \ adverb

pharmaceutical

noun
variants: also pharmaceutic

Medical Definition of pharmaceutical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal drug

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