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

One attendee told another that large pharmaceutical companies like Bayer and Merck, which now produce vaccines, had collaborated with Nazi Germany. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "An Orthodox rally in Brooklyn sees vaccines as a conspiracy," 6 June 2019 Davis is a spokesperson for the documentary, which was created in collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Merck. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Viola Davis on Being Diagnosed With Prediabetes: ‘I Was Shocked’," 1 May 2019 The pharmaceutical company reached a $100 million settlement in 2017 after the Federal Trade Commission accused the drugmaker of violating antitrust laws to thwart competitors from undercutting Acthar's exorbitant price. Wayne Drash, CNN, "Mallinckrodt paid 'kickbacks' to keep drug price high, and stuck taxpayers with bill, DOJ lawsuit says," 5 June 2019 The deal comes days before Teva was set to defend itself at a landmark trial, the first to unfold out of some 2,000 lawsuits brought by states and local municipalities against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Teva Settles Oklahoma Opioid Case for $85 Million," 26 May 2019 The collection is owned by Robert Ingram, a general partner in a venture capital firm who previously served as the CEO of a major pharmaceutical company. Ben Finley, The Seattle Times, "Gas explosion also damaged world-famous Porsche collection," 12 Apr. 2019 Like many affluent Chinese, pharmaceutical billionaire Zhao Tao cultivated close ties with Beijing while also seeking to move in influential circles abroad and securing a top-flight foreign education for his child. Eva Dou, WSJ, "Billionaire Tied to $6.5 Million Payment for Stanford Is Window Into China’s Elite," 3 May 2019 Soulful Wellness, Ross said, is owned by a group of doctors, lawyers, and pharmaceutical executives who have paired with a former principal who worked with a Colorado marijuana company. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Where the Weed Things Are: Marijuana growers eye former Strawbridge's, U.S. Steel plant," 29 June 2018 Menendez will face wealthy pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin, who’s poured $7.5 million of his own money into his campaign already, in the general election. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Takeaways from New Jersey, Alabama, New Mexico, and other election results.," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The magnitude of the opioid crisis is spelled out in separate lawsuits filed this month by Seminole and Lake counties against the pharmaceutical industry. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Seminole, Lake join national suits against opioid manufacturers for ‘the worst man-made epidemic in modern medical history’," 20 June 2019 Bigtree has no medical credentials but holds himself out as an expert on vaccine safety and promotes the idea that government officials have colluded with the pharmaceutical industry to cover up grievous harms from the drugs. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 Bigtree has no medical credentials but holds himself out as an expert on vaccine safety and promotes the idea that government officials have colluded with the pharmaceutical industry to cover up grievous harms from the drugs. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 The technology sector was previously a strong source of demand but declined to fifth in sectors looking for workers, while intermediary services, education and pharmaceutical industries were looking for the most workers. Bloomberg.com, "It Looks Like the Worst Chinese Labor Market Since 2015," 26 Apr. 2019 Bob Hugin, a former U.S. Marine and pharmaceutical executive, has cut Menendez's lead to a mere 6 points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released last week. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Florida just got a lot hotter," 29 Aug. 2018 Price has been succeeded at HHS by Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive with extensive experience at the department during the George W. Bush presidency. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post, "Former HHS secretary Tom Price’s air travel wasted $341,000 in government funds, watchdog says," 13 July 2018 Price has been succeeded at HHS by Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive with extensive experience at the department during the George W. Bush presidency. Amy Goldstein And Mark Berman, chicagotribune.com, "Former HHS secretary Tom Price's air travel wasted $341,000 in government funds, watchdog says," 13 July 2018 The reason that pharmaceutical companies focus on rare diseases like Dravet and LGS—at least for seizure drugs—is driven as much by business and bureaucratic considerations as medical ones, doctors and pharmaceutical executives have told me. Fred Vogelstein, WIRED, "The FDA Approved Its First Cannabis Drug. What Next?," 27 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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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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