phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-sist \

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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Synonyms for pharmacist


apothecary, chemist [British], druggist

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Examples of pharmacist in a Sentence

the pharmacist caught an error in the prescription's dosage

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The nine-member board ignored Ezell’s recommendations and approved two last-minute changes to the rules that would prohibit the sale of smokable marijuana and require a pharmacist at every dispensary. Sean Murphy, The Seattle Times, "Oklahoma medical board lawyer charged with making threats," 17 July 2018 On April 14, a man reportedly distracted a pharmacist at Walgreens, 800 W. Devon Ave. Jennifer Johnson,, "Park Ridge police: Garage, three parked cars burglarized," 25 Apr. 2018 The request was denied by prison pharmacist Cris DuVall, who instead recommended that Choquette be taken off gabapentin and treated instead with extra clinical observation and an increase of another one of Choquette’s medications. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Washington prison inmate awarded $549,000 after he’s denied pain medication for multiple sclerosis," 7 Nov. 2018 The Legacy of German Skin Care Take, for example, Nivea, which was founded by pharmacist and chemist duo, Oscar Troplowitz and Isaac Lifschütz, in 1911. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The Importance of Germany in the Skin-Care Industry," 24 Oct. 2018 That prescribing information also advises pharmacists to keep NuvaRing in a fridge at 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit before dispensing the device to patients. Korin Miller, SELF, "14 Things You Should Know Before Using the Vaginal Ring," 2 Aug. 2018 Another defendant, Osmaro Ruiz, is charged with opening a fake pharmacy in Louisville and paying an actual pharmacist to run it. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Major crackdown on 'drug dealers in lab coats' nets Louisville doctors," 28 June 2018 An Arizona Walgreens pharmacist declined to provide medication to a woman who had just suffered a miscarriage. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: A poll commissioned by Bush and Biden shows Americans losing confidence in democracy," 26 June 2018 In Arkansas’s Medicaid program, independent pharmacists received $909 for 20 tablets of Temozolomide. WSJ, "CVS Exploits PBM Role, and Taxpayers Pay," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of pharmacist

1721, in the meaning defined above

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phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-səst \

Kids Definition of pharmacist

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


phar·​ma·​cist | \ ˈfär-mə-səst \

Medical Definition of pharmacist 

: a person licensed to engage in pharmacy

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