pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy | \ ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce pharmacy (audio) \
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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Patients and physicians don’t get to choose on their own, though: Price-conscious health plans, insurers, and pharmacy benefit managers are the real decision-makers. Washington Post, "A $5 Billion Cholesterol Bet May Be an Overreach," 19 Nov. 2019 On its website, the organization says rising list prices for drugs only tells part of the story, and that the cost issues for customers may be a result of pharmacy benefit managers and insurers not sharing rebates with customers. NBC News, "With rise in patients dying from rationing insulin, U.N. tries a new solution," 15 Nov. 2019 The bill also requires drug companies and pharmacy benefit managers — which manage drug benefits for health plans — to submit detailed drug cost information to the state. BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts Senate leaders on Thursday will propose new legislation they say targets the high cost of prescription drugs, giving state officials the power to study and propose what they consider fair values for expensive medicines.," 7 Nov. 2019 The Woonsocket, Rhode Island, company runs more about 9,900 retail locations and processes over a billion prescriptions annually as a pharmacy benefit manager. Tom Murphy, chicagotribune.com, "CVS revenue soars after adding Aetna; company raises 2019 forecast," 6 Nov. 2019 So for the first time, the big pharmacy benefits manager is offering a purely digital therapy as a possible employee benefit. Natasha Singer, New York Times, "Sleep Therapy for the Masses May Be Coming to You Soon," 24 Sep. 2019 Under the agreement signed last week, students would complete a three-year undergraduate program in pre-pharmacy at West Virginia State in Institute, then enroll in the University of Charleston’s School of Pharmacy. USA TODAY, "‘Embracing tree,’ buffalo retirement, castaway cows: News from around our 50 states," 14 Nov. 2019 The three men inside the vehicle were wanted for several Healthmart pharmacy robberies in Bremen and Carrollton, Georgia. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "2 arrested after drug store robberies lead to multi-county Alabama chase," 12 Nov. 2019 Cigna touts that the expertise of Accredo and CuraScript — Express Scripts’ specialty pharmacy and distribution services — are involved in the program. Jeremy Schafer, STAT, "Should employers take a chance on little-known Embarc to pay for gene therapy?," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Pharmacy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmacy. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy | \ ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce pharmacy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce pharmacy (audio) \
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

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