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

Other Words from pharmacology

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

Examples of pharmacology in a Sentence

We don't have a complete understanding of the new drug's pharmacology yet.
Recent Examples on the Web The experts interviewed for this article, including cannabis and pharmacology researchers and clinicians, spotted several red flags in the paper. New York Times, 1 Jan. 2022 Beary graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in pharmacology. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 3 Jan. 2022 While both Merck’s data and the FDA’s analysis found no major safety concerns for the drug, Mark Seaton, an official at the agency’s pharmacology and toxicology division, noted potential risks to pregnant women. NBC News, 30 Nov. 2021 There aren't really any good hacks to lower your risk of arm pain ahead of time, Jamie Alan, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology at Michigan State University, tells Health. Korin Miller, Health.com, 29 Oct. 2021 Springer is an immunologist and professor of molecular pharmacology and biological chemistry at Harvard Medical School. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2021 As a result, some scientists — including Peter McNaughton, a professor of pharmacology at King’s College London — have focused on the channels’ tendency to become hypersensitive when inflammation occurs. New York Times, 4 Oct. 2021 Directors in charge of the FDA’s clinical pharmacology and medical policy divisions also agreed. Matthew Herper, STAT, 22 June 2021 Triclosan and triclocarban have been identified as endocrine-disrupting chemicals, says Andrea Gore, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin. Heather Mayer Irvine, Popular Mechanics, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of pharmacology

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of pharmacology was in 1698

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23 Jan 2022

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“Pharmacology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmacology. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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pharmacology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pharmacology

: 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 pharmacology (audio) \ also pharmacologic \ -​ik How to pronounce pharmacology (audio) \ adjective
pharmacologically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pharmacology (audio) \ adverb

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