pharmacy
pharmacy late 14c., "a medicine," from O.Fr. farmacie, from M.L. pharmacia, from Gk. pharmakeia "use of drugs or medicines," from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs," from pharmakon "drug, poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment." Meaning "use or administration of drugs" is attested from c.1400; that of "place where drugs are prepared and dispensed" is first recorded 1833.

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  • pharmacy — phar‧ma‧cy [ˈfɑːməsi ǁ ˈfɑːr ] noun pharmacies PLURALFORM [countable] especially AmE a shop where there are specially trained staff who can sell or give out medicines as ordered by a doctor * * * pharmacy UK US /ˈfɑːməsi/ noun (plural pharmacies) …   Financial and business terms

  • pharmacy — [fär′mə sē] n. pl. pharmacies [ME fermacie, medicine < MFr farmacie < LL pharmacia < Gr pharmakeia < pharmakon, drug] 1. the art or profession of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines 2. a place where pharmacy is practiced;… …   English World dictionary

  • Pharmacy — Phar ma*cy, n. [OE. fermacie, OF. farmacie, pharmacie, F. pharmacie, Gr. ?, fr. ? to administer or use medicines, fr. ? medicine.] 1. The art or practice of preparing and preserving drugs, and of compounding and dispensing medicines according to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pharmacy — ► NOUN (pl. pharmacies) 1) a place where medicinal drugs are prepared or sold. 2) the science or practice of preparing and dispensing medicinal drugs …   English terms dictionary

  • Pharmacy — For other uses, see Pharmacy (disambiguation). The mortar and pestle, one of the internationally recognized symbols to represent the pharmacy profession …   Wikipedia

  • pharmacy — /fahr meuh see/, n., pl. pharmacies. 1. Also called pharmaceutics. the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines. 2. a drugstore. [1645 55; earlier pharmacia < ML < Gk pharmakeía druggist s work. See PHARMACO , Y3] * * *… …   Universalium

  • pharmacy — n. 1) a hospital pharmacy 2) at, in a pharmacy (she works down at the pharmacy) * * * [ fɑːməsɪ] in a pharmacy (she works down at the pharmacy) a hospital pharmacy at …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pharmacy — 01. John has gone to the [pharmacy] to get something for your cold. 02. The [pharmacist] gave me some medicine for my flu. 03. The [pharmacist] told me not to drink alcohol after taking these pills. 04. Many [pharmaceutical] companies are now… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • pharmacy — [[t]fɑ͟ː(r)məsi[/t]] pharmacies 1) N COUNT A pharmacy is a shop or a department in a shop where medicines are sold or given out. Compare , drugstore. Make sure you understand exactly how to take your medicines before you leave the pharmacy.… …   English dictionary

  • Pharmacy — A location where prescription drugs are sold. A pharmacy is constantly supervised by a licensed pharmacist. * * * 1. The practice of preparing and dispensing drugs. SYN: pharmaceutics (1). 2. A drugstore. [G. pharmakon, drug] clinical p. a branch …   Medical dictionary

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