pharmacology

noun
phar·​ma·​col·​o·​gy | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce pharmacology (audio) \

Definition of pharmacology

1 : the science of drugs including their origin, composition, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic use, and toxicology
2 : the properties and reactions of drugs especially with relation to their therapeutic value

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Other Words from pharmacology

pharmacological \ ˌfär-​mə-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce pharmacological (audio) \ or less commonly pharmacologic \ ˌfär-​mə-​kə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce pharmacologic (audio) \ adjective
pharmacologically \ ˌfär-​mə-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pharmacologically (audio) \ adverb
pharmacologist \ ˌfär-​mə-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce pharmacologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of pharmacology in a Sentence

We don't have a complete understanding of the new drug's pharmacology yet.
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First Known Use of pharmacology

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pharmacology.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmacologic. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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pharmacology

noun
How to pronounce pharmacology (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pharmacology

technical
: the scientific study of drugs and how they are used in medicine
: a drug's qualities and effects

pharmacology

noun
phar·​ma·​col·​o·​gy | \ ˌfär-mə-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce pharmacology (audio) \
plural pharmacologies

Medical Definition of pharmacology

1 : the science of drugs including their origin, composition, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic use, and toxicology
2 : the properties and reactions of drugs especially with relation to their therapeutic value

Other Words from pharmacology

pharmacological \ -​kə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce pharmacological (audio) \ also pharmacologic \ -​ik How to pronounce pharmacologic (audio) \ adjective
pharmacologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pharmacologically (audio) \ adverb

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