phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-sist How to pronounce pharmacist (audio) \

Definition of pharmacist

: a health-care professional licensed to engage in pharmacy with duties including dispensing prescription drugs, monitoring drug interactions, administering vaccines, and counseling patients regarding the effects and proper usage of drugs and dietary supplements

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Examples of pharmacist in a Sentence

the pharmacist caught an error in the prescription's dosage
Recent Examples on the Web Being low in vitamin D can decrease your immune system’s ability to respond to a virus, said Coleman Cutchins, a clinical pharmacist at the state’s health department, in the same video call. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska coronavirus Q&A: Should I be taking vitamin D? How long does it take to get a test result?," 22 Sep. 2020 Or Joseph Wasif, a pharmacist who drove to work in the Loop rather than risk his patients' health by taking the train. Gregory Pratt,, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot said City Hall would only issue parking tickets for safety violations early in the pandemic. 35,000 car owners received tickets anyway.," 21 Sep. 2020 Those in other states have said the process of finding a supplier and a compounding pharmacist is difficult. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Governor: More work to do before death row inmates are executed," 5 Sep. 2020 Ask your doctor, health insurance provider or pharmacist to approve a larger supply of prescription and nonprescription medications. oregonlive, "Do these 3 things now to be ready for the next emergency: September is Preparedness Month," 31 Aug. 2020 Fauci fell for public service through the work of his father, a neighborhood pharmacist who often doubled as doctor for low-income residents. Graham Hacia, Wired, "Meet This Year’s WIRED25: People Who Are Making Things Better," 9 Sep. 2020 After three hours of wrenching testimonials, U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea sentenced 43-year old pharmacist Carl Mancini of Wolcott to 51 months in prison for tampering with and stealing pain medications. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Opiate-addicted pharmacist sentenced to prison after relatives describe his theft of pain medication from terminally ill cancer patients," 18 Aug. 2020 His father, a pharmacist, was from Lithuania, and his mother, a homemaker, was from Hungary. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Russell Kirsch, computer scientist who scanned first digital image, dies at 91," 13 Aug. 2020 Technicians work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to process prescriptions, dispense medications, interact with customers and more. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, "These companies are hiring around metro Phoenix right now," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of pharmacist

1721, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pharmacist was in 1721

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25 Sep 2020

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“Pharmacist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-səst How to pronounce pharmacist (audio) \

Kids Definition of pharmacist

: a person whose job is preparing medicines according to a doctor's prescription


phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-səst How to pronounce pharmacist (audio) \

Medical Definition of pharmacist

: a person licensed to engage in pharmacy

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