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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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 two Dans clashed the most over health care, with McCready going after Bishop – a state senator – for voting down a bill that would enable pharmacists to talk about cheaper drug alternatives with patients. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: 10 candidates in one debate in September," 29 Aug. 2019 Texans are proud to claim Dr Pepper as a local favorite, since it was created in the 1880s by Waco pharmacist Charles Alderton. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "These goodies give you that Dr Pepper taste without the fizz," 26 Aug. 2019 In 1927 — at the height of Prohibition — federal agents and Taix’s pharmacist son, also named Marius, confronted the restaurant’s operator for selling alcohol on the property. Los Angeles Times, "Taix restaurant, an L.A. institution, is sold to a luxury apartment builder," 22 Aug. 2019 American pharmacists fill about 9 in 10 prescriptions with generic drugs. Randall Rutta For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Lawmakers want to lower drug prices. Their plan would end up harming patients," 20 Aug. 2019 Don Lyman is a biologist, freelance science journalist, and hospital pharmacist who lives north of Boston. Don Lyman,, "Besides great whites, there’s little to fear among local sharks," 14 Aug. 2019 The share of physical scientists who are women has increased from 28% in 1997 to 1999 to 45% in 2017 to 2019, while the share of pharmacists who are women has risen from 47% to 61%. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "The US industries where female representation is rising fastest," 14 Aug. 2019 Further, CVS Health said, its distribution centers have a monitoring system for suspicious orders, and, in retail pharmacies, pharmacists are provided with tools to help them evaluate controlled substance prescriptions before filling them. Steve Hamm,, "675M pills: Prescription opioids targeted Connecticut’s most vulnerable citizens," 1 Aug. 2019 It was created in 1866 by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor. Andrea Perez Balderrama, Detroit Free Press, "Vernors Michigan lighthouse collectible cans are back for third year," 25 July 2019

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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 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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