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 But when Day, 54, was released from the hospital and his husband went to the pharmacy to pick up his prescriptions — painkillers and antibiotics — the pharmacist said they hadn’t been approved. NBC News, 9 Sep. 2021 Under today’s proclamation, that 72-hour limit is extended, allowing the pharmacist to dispense a 30-day emergency supply of the medicine. Mike Cason |, al, 2 Sep. 2021 Apparently, though, those prescriptions can still influence the pet owner’s overall scores—and the next busy pharmacist who peers warily at a computer screen. Maia Szalavitz, Wired, 11 Aug. 2021 Most of the time, the pharmacist is able to do this, and the levels of the hormone in the blood are almost always very stable. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 8 Aug. 2021 There’s also a dedicated, in-house pharmacist in the pod 24/7 who can look at the prescriptions that a patient is taking to see if the combination may have contributed to their visit to the hospital. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 In an unorthodox move, the officials submitted a form signed by a then-junior pharmacist, Brady Dowding, at Idaho State Hospital South, a state mental facility in Blackfoot. The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Apr. 2021 Wouldn’t Terrance the pharmacist eventually give up his lower-level dealers — like Patty — to save himself? Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 25 July 2021 The pharmacist yearned to see her patients smile again. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, 16 July 2021

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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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14 Sep 2021

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“Pharmacist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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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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