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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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

But the pharmaceutical giant wasn’t the only drug company seeking to charge more for its products in recent days. Robert Langreth And Cynthia Koons, BostonGlobe.com, "Many drugmakers ignore Trump — and raise prices anyway," 13 July 2018 The slaying of McNew — a district sales manager for pharmaceutical giant AbbVie — captured headlines across the region. Vinny Vella, Philly.com, "Threats, rage: Court filings reveal lovers' spat leading to Bucks slaying," 11 July 2018 And regardless of the trial outcome, Monsanto will soon get the rebranding benefit of a new name, thanks to the $66 billion buyout by pharmaceutical giant Bayer. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Monsanto's Roundup Is on Trial. The Charge: Causing Cancer," 10 July 2018 Earlier this month, Avenatti tweeted information about payments to a shell company used by Cohen from pharmaceutical giant Novartis, telecommunications company AT&T and from a company associated with a Russian billionaire. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti faces increased scrutiny over taxes, business dealings," 22 May 2018 The lawyer for Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis who signed off on a $1.2 million consulting deal with Michael Cohen is out of a job. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Novartis Lawyer Quits Over $1.2 Million Deal With Michael Cohen," 16 May 2018 Trained as a nurse, Rondeau spent most of his career selling drugs, including five years with pharmaceutical giant Cephalon, his LinkedIn profile states. Bill Myers, Chicago Reader, "Officials hope much-hyped drug can slow state's opioid crisis, but is it worth the costs?," 16 May 2018 Image Novartis’s top lawyer is to retire from the company over payments made by the pharmaceutical giant to President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael D. Cohen, the Swiss drug maker said on Wednesday. New York Times, "Novartis’s Top Lawyer is Out Amid Furor Over Payments to Michael Cohen," 16 May 2018 The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced Wednesday that a top lawyer who co-signed a $1.2 million contract to hire President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was stepping down in June. Carolyn Y. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Novartis lawyer to retire over $1.2 million contract with Trump attorney Michael Cohen," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With the findings, the report highlights a sensational series of events that have underscored concerns about the extent to which the pharmaceutical industry has attempted to influence the Trump administration. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 With the tides shifting in the medical community, the pharmaceutical industry, and mainstream culture, the Supreme Court finally legalized contraception for married couples in 1965; singles got to join the party in 1972. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Private-equity firm Cinven has agreed to acquire logistics company Envirotainer AB, a provider of cold cargo containers used by the pharmaceutical industry. Joice Alves, WSJ, "Cinven Purchase Values Envirotainer at Over €1 Billion," 12 July 2018 There’s no evidence that Trump’s table-pounding has done anything to moderate price increases in the pharmaceutical industry. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Pfizer doesn't deserve any credit for 'rolling back' its price increases at Trump's demand. Here's why," 11 July 2018 This week, President Donald Trump renewed his long-standing feud with the pharmaceutical industry and its drug price hiking tactics. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018 Such twice-a-year price increases of around 10 percent used to be commonplace in the US pharmaceutical industry. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Pfizer raises prices on 100 drugs—again—despite backlash from public, lawmakers," 3 July 2018 In the pharmaceutical industry, the patent is more than just the product. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 Vale is a pharmaceutical industry sales representative. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County Republican chairman opts out of County Commission race," 21 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)

: 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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