pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy | \ˈfär-mə-sē \
plural pharmacies

Definition of pharmacy 

1 : the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs

2a : a place where medicines are compounded or dispensed

b : drugstore

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Synonyms for pharmacy

Synonyms

apothecary, drugstore

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Examples of pharmacy in a Sentence

There's a pharmacy in our grocery store now. She's studying pharmacy at the university.

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Even without the rise of online pharmacies, there have been multiple food and medicine adulteration cases, some due to carelessness, some due to greed. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine," 17 Sep. 2018 AmerisourceBergen earned $364 million in profits in its last fiscal year, on revenues totalling $153 billion, most of which the company passed along to makers of drugs that the company sent along to hospital pharmacies and other retailers. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Pa.'s $10M helps AmerisourceBergen decide on new Conshy HQ, with 550 new jobs," 6 June 2018 The pills women get through Aid Access come from a pharmacy based in India. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.," 20 Oct. 2018 One stop, Santa Maria Novella, is a pharmacy run by the nuns of the Santa Maria Novella church. Kate Young, Vogue, "Shopping Like the Pope and More! Kate Young Lives La Dolce Vita in Italy," 20 Aug. 2018 The $70 million first phase, with 80,000 square feet, will house primary care offices, the women's clinic, a Walgreens pharmacy and a coffee shop serving Roasterie products. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Patient demand drives $70 million expansion on Hospital Hill," 11 July 2018 Police cordoned off a home in Amesbury, believed to be Rowley's, and other places the pair visited, including a church, a pharmacy and a park in Salisbury, near where the Skripals were found. Matt Dunham And Gregory Katz, chicagotribune.com, "2nd nerve agent poisoning likely not deliberate, British police say," 5 July 2018 Police cordoned off a home in Amesbury, believed to be Rowley's, and other places the pair visited, including a church, a pharmacy and a park in Salisbury, near where the Skripals were found. Author: Matt Dunham, Jill Lawless, Anchorage Daily News, "Another mystery illness rocks England after spy’s poisoning," 4 July 2018 Many Rite Aid customers in Charlotte will soon have to visit a new pharmacy to pick up their prescriptions. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Five Charlotte drugstores will soon close, but plans are in place to help customers," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of pharmacy

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pharmacy

Late Latin pharmacia administration of drugs, from Greek pharmakeia, from pharmakeuein to administer drugs, from pharmakon magic charm, poison, drug

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The first known use of pharmacy was in 1651

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More Definitions for pharmacy

pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy | \ˈfär-mə-sē \
plural pharmacies

Kids Definition of pharmacy

: a place where medicines are prepared and sold by a pharmacist : drugstore

pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy | \ˈfär-mə-sē \
plural pharmacies

Medical Definition of pharmacy 

1 : the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs

2a : a place where medicines are compounded or dispensed a hospital pharmacy

b : drugstore

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