pharmacology

noun

phar·​ma·​col·​o·​gy ˌfär-mə-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce pharmacology (audio)
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
pharmacological adjective
or less commonly pharmacologic
pharmacologically adverb
pharmacologist 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 To determine how the naloxone companion drug, which researchers are calling compound 368, might boost naloxone’s effectiveness, researchers conducted an experiment on pain tolerance in mice, said Jay McLaughlin, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Florida. Veronica Roseborough, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2024 This same brain circuitry can fuel addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and may also be impacted by semaglutide, says W. Kyle Simmons, PhD, a professor of pharmacology and physiology at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, who wasn’t involved in the new study. Lisa Rapaport, EverydayHealth.com, 17 June 2024 That’s because its experts on trial design, regulations, genetics, pharmacology, and specific rare diseases are scattered throughout the agency. Patrick Skerrett, STAT, 15 June 2024 Alaina Jaster, who has a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology, is another author of the petition. Will Stone, NPR, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for pharmacology 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Pharmacology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmacology. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

pharmacology

noun
phar·​ma·​col·​o·​gy ˌfär-mə-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce pharmacology (audio)
1
: the study of drugs, their composition, effects, and use in medicine
2
: the properties and reactions of drugs especially with relation to their medical value
pharmacological adjective
also pharmacologic
pharmacologically adverb

Medical Definition

pharmacology

noun
phar·​ma·​col·​o·​gy ˌfär-mə-ˈkäl-ə-jē How to pronounce pharmacology (audio)
plural pharmacologies
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
pharmacological adjective
also pharmacologic
pharmacologically adverb

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