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, 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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In 2015, state regulations took effect that allowed California pharmacists to make naloxone available without a prescription, but not all pharmacies carry it. Catherine Ho,, "More California pharmacies to distribute opioid overdose drug," 6 July 2018 In hospitals and health systems, physicians and pharmacists decide which medication in a class to carry based upon safety and cost-effectiveness. Scott Knoer, STAT, "What does PBM stand for? In Ohio (and elsewhere), it’s programs bilking millions," 29 June 2018 Since May 2007, Purdue salespeople met with Massachusetts prescribers and pharmacists more than 150,000 times, the lawsuit says. Joshua Miller,, "Mass. Attorney General Maura Healey sues opioid maker Purdue Pharma," 12 June 2018 Still, nuclear medicine physicians and nuclear pharmacists charged with filling patient orders each day say the supply remains fragile, especially for smaller pharmacies where the moly-99 imaging agent can account for 95 percent of their business. Sarah Varney, New York Times, "Inside the Global Relay Race to Deliver Moly-99," 12 Jan. 2018 Alcon was founded in 1945 by Fort Worth pharmacists Robert Alexander and William Conner. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "No need to shed tears yet. Alcon promises to stay in Fort Worth after spinoff," 9 July 2018 Consult your physician or pharmacist about the storage of prescription medications and keep a smaller version of your kit in your car., "Here's what you should buy for your home should disaster strike," 8 July 2018 Once your pharmacist hands NuvaRing over to you, your four-month room-temperature countdown begins. Korin Miller, SELF, "Do You Actually Need to Keep Your Vaginal Ring in the Fridge?," 3 July 2018 Her post also included the business card of pharmacist Brian Hreniuc. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Walgreens Pharmacist Denies Woman Medication for Her Miscarriage," 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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