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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Your family physician or pediatrician Local pharmacies County public health departments typically provide immunizations and other health screenings with extended hours in the weeks before school begins. Arlinda Smith Broady, ajc, "Four questions about back-to-school vaccinations," 10 July 2018 Some legitimate Canadian pharmacies charge less than half that much. Houston Chronicle, "Vicks VapoRub for poison ivy itch," 8 July 2018 More recently, lawmakers created statutes allowing women to seek reproductive services without a referral from their primary doctor and to obtain a year’s supply of birth control in a single pharmacy visit and without a prescription. John Myers, latimes.com, "Abortion may soon return to the national political debate, but it's largely settled in California," 8 July 2018 Independence no longer requires pharmacies to obtain preauthorization before dispensing the drug. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "Independence Blue Cross reports dramatic drop in opioid prescriptions among members," 13 July 2018 On Wednesday, the Lefferts Boulevard bridge, with its health food shop, pharmacy and Art Deco movie theater, received a stay of execution of sorts. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "A Bridge, the Rickety Heart of Kew Gardens, Gets a Reprieve," 12 July 2018 Unlike Texas, which has carried out more executions than any other state, Nevada does not have a compounding pharmacy to get its drugs. Ken Ritter And Michelle L. Price, Time, "Nevada Delays Its First Execution in 12 Years After a Drug Company Objects," 12 July 2018 David Mukiti, who owns and manages the pharmacy on Clarke’s block, agreed that the renovations are good for business. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore's program to improve facades mostly helps established areas, so city tries new tack," 9 June 2018 Kalu’s daughter was inside the pharmacy during the April 24 attempted robbery. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "WATCH: Pharmacist fights off 3 women attempting to rob store at gunpoint," 15 May 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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