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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ribas is the president of AACR and a professor of medicine, surgery and molecular and medical pharmacology at the University of California Los Angeles Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Coronavirus pandemic could impact cancer rates and care in the future," 25 Sep. 2020 David Juurlink, an internist and the head of the division of clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto, raised other concerns about the use of dexamethasone: its side effects. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "‘There’s a disconnect’: Outside medical experts question the upbeat portrayal of president’s condition," 4 Oct. 2020 Research led by Auliya Suwantika, a pharmacology professor at Padjadjaran University, found that national immunization coverage had declined in recent years, with just 58% of children fully vaccinated, well below the government's 93% target. Emma Reynolds, CNN, "Vaccines are safe. But huge numbers of people around the world say they wouldn't take a Covid jab," 15 Aug. 2020 Their work focuses on what chemicals make it past the blood-brain barrier if inhaled or ingested, said Indiana University clinical pharmacology professor Robert Stratford. Meredith Colias-pete, chicagotribune.com, "With EPA grant, Indiana researchers to study how toxins seep into brain," 14 Aug. 2020 And in pharmacology, the trend was actually downward, from 33% to 29%. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Females are still routinely left out of biomedical research — and ignored in analyses of data," 9 June 2020 Onions do have some medicinal and pharmacology uses recognized by the World Health Organization. Katie Landeck, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Leaving raw onions around your house won’t prevent illnesses," 16 June 2020 For Concepción Peiró, a professor of pharmacology at the Autonomous University of Madrid, reading that the novel coronavirus attacked ACE2 brought angiotensin-(1-7) immediately to mind. Damian Garde, STAT, "The novel coronavirus attacks the lungs. A biotech company sees a common enzyme as key to protecting them," 10 June 2020 This response is exactly why law enforcement officers around the world use tear gas as a riot control method, says Sven Eric Jordt, associate professor of anesthesiology, pharmacology, and cancer biology at the Duke University School of Medicine. Michael Ciaglo, National Geographic, "From tear gas to rubber bullets, here’s what ‘nonlethal’ weapons can do to the body," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of pharmacology

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pharmacology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmacology. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for pharmacology

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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