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

So the 41-year-old pharmaceutical saleswoman, who lives in Oklahoma City, decided to try an old-fashioned approach. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Matchmakers Emerge as an Antidote to the Agony of Online Dating," 8 Mar. 2019 Rising drug prices were in the spotlight as pharmaceutical industry executives testifed before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday. WSJ, "Analysis: CEOs From Pfizer, Merck, AbbVie and Others Face Senate on Drug Prices," 26 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite public and political pressure, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer keeps raising the prices of its drugs—standing apart from some of its rivals who have vowed to rein in periodic price hiking. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Pfizer raises prices on 100 drugs—again—despite backlash from public, lawmakers," 3 July 2018 In a major shift, pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences will begin airing television ads for PrEP, its HIV prevention medication. Tim Fitzsimons /, NBC News, "With TV ads, drugmaker Gilead brings HIV prevention drug out of the closet," 30 May 2018 Large corporations and asphalt companies The two tax bills passed on Monday included breaks for businesses like pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. and big state highway contractors. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's $30K special session: Who were the winners, losers on tax breaks, school safety?," 14 May 2018 To start, your doctor may recommend non-pharmaceutical tactics to ease your RLS. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 For mothers whose jobs require domestic travel, the start-up Milk Stork offers prepaid overnight shipping and pharmaceutical-grade coolers to send breast milk home from the road. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 Washington lawmakers and regulators have long bemoaned pharmaceutical prices, but there's no indication of any significant pending policy action aimed at regulating prices, bolstering competition or some other potential solution. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Pfizer reverses drug price increases after President Trump blasted the company," 11 July 2018 Whether the company remains in operation making pharmaceuticals is unknown to the attorney who filed two of the three wrongful death suits, including one of the latest suits. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "More lawsuits filed against South Florida drug maker accused of selling contaminated medicines," 29 June 2018 Today, the Chinese consume a fraction of the pharmaceutical opioids Americans do and are thought not to have much of an abuse problem as a result. Fortune, "Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins," 6 June 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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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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