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 Heather went to her pharmacy in Prince George, British Columbia, and explained her unusual request to manager Jepal Patel, who quickly put together a concoction that's mostly water, with some secret ingredients. Catherine Garcia, TheWeek, "The week's good news: October 15, 2020," 15 Oct. 2020 The authors recommended that the F.D.A. lift some of the other unusual rules still in effect for mifepristone, including the requirement that it be obtained in person from a doctor, rather than through a prescription at a pharmacy or by mail. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The First Abortion Case Before a Post-Ginsburg Supreme Court," 29 Sep. 2020 An inexpensive coronavirus test that millions of Americans could use at a pharmacy, in a workplace or even at home could prove to be a vital asset in allowing people to return to jobs and school. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Millions of Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Tests May Help Fill the Testing Gap," 7 May 2020 The Trump administration allowed two of the nation’s largest health insurers to combine with the largest pharmacy benefit managers, approving them despite concerns that the mergers would harm competition. New York Times, "Kamala Harris and the Push to Cut Hospital Bills in California," 7 Oct. 2020 The drug is similar to other steroids, like prednisone and cortisone, Robert Weber, PharmD, pharmacy administrator at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, previously told Health. Amber Brenza, Health.com, "Donald Trump's COVID-19 Treatment Plan: What to Know About The President's Medications," 5 Oct. 2020 Toxic metals like mercury, lead, and arsenic were ingredients in medicines lining pharmacy shelves as late as the 20th century. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 While urgent care portion of Sharp-Rees-Stealy in La Mesa is moving, the center’s primary care physicians and specialists, and radiology, laboratory and pharmacy will remain at its current location. Karen Pearlman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sharp-Rees-Stealy urgent care center moving from La Mesa to Santee this weekend," 2 Oct. 2020 Hartford HealthCare has updated its guidelines 10 times since mid-March, said senior director of pharmacy Eric Arlia. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Connecticut doctors are rapidly changing tactics in their battle against COVID-19. But are they saving more lives?," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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28 Oct 2020

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“Pharmacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmacy. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for pharmacy

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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