pharmacy

noun

phar·​ma·​cy ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce pharmacy (audio)
plural pharmacies
1
: the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs
2
a
: a place where medicines are compounded or dispensed
b
3

Example Sentences

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

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pharmacy was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Pharmacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharmacy. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce pharmacy (audio)
plural pharmacies
1
: the art, practice, or profession of preparing drugs according to a doctor's prescription
2
a
: a place where medicines are made or distributed
b

Medical Definition

pharmacy

noun
phar·​ma·​cy ˈfär-mə-sē How to pronounce pharmacy (audio)
plural pharmacies
1
: the art, practice, or profession of preparing, preserving, compounding, and dispensing medical drugs
2
a
: a place where medicines are compounded or dispensed
a hospital pharmacy
b
3

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