- a place where something is dispensed, especially medicines.
- a charitable or public facility where medicines are furnished and free or inexpensive medical advice is available.
Origin of dispensary
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Examples from the Web for dispensary
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At present there is no dispensary on the island but there are a number of "blind tigers."The Negro Farmer
There was no mill there then, nor a school-house, no, nor a dispensary either!The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
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Its influence also was strongly used against a Dispensary Bill.
Lower on the hillside they had built a dispensary and hospital.
Then I conveyed him by easy stages to Gunji, where I have a dispensary, and attended to him.
- a place where medicine and medical supplies are dispensed
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Word Origin and History for dispensary
"place for weighing out medicines," 1690s, from Medieval Latin dispensarius "one who dispenses," from Latin dispensare (see dispense).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An office in a hospital or other institution from which medical supplies and medicines are dispensed.
- A public institution that dispenses medicines or medical aid.
- An outpatient department of a hospital.
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