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
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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Pregnancy tests are sold at many different places, including your local pharmacy, grocery store, or drug store. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "How to Take a Pregnancy Test," 3 May 2019 For serious health food enthusiasts, there is the juice pharmacy, which has drinks for different medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, colds, weight loss, detox cleanse and more. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "R&R Poké, offering Hawaiian-style raw fish and rice bowls, to open up in Wauwatosa soon," 29 June 2018 Walgreens is working to improve technology in its stores and pharmacies, and back-end software developers need to interact with the employees working on consumer-facing technology. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Suburban companies battle tech giants for talent. Downtown office spaces are their secret weapon.," 21 June 2018 Although not everyone recommends it, many patients pay cash for testing supplies online from a Canadian pharmacy, which may be cheaper than going through insurance. Ilene Raymond Rush, Philly.com, "10 ways to save money on diabetes care - and get healthier in the process," 20 June 2018 But according to the state, the medical cannabis shops CANNOT call themselves dispensaries, pharmacies, drugstores or apothecaries. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan: It's not a pot shop, it's a marijuana 'provisioning center'," 12 June 2018 PBMs are companies that act as a middleman between insurers, pharmacies, and drug manufacturers. Maria Clark, NOLA.com, "New laws take aim at prescription drug pricing in Louisiana," 4 June 2018 In that case, millions of Express Scripts Holding Co. customers had to switch prescriptions to different pharmacies because Walgreen Co. dropped out of the PBM’s network. Sarah Nassauer, WSJ, "CVS Health Settles Pricing Fight With Walmart," 18 Jan. 2019 Also keep in mind that the pharmacy counters inside stores may follow different hours. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "These Stores Will Be Open on Christmas Day This Year," 18 Dec. 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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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
b : drugstore

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