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[fahr-muh-sist] /ˈfɑr mə sɪst/
a person licensed to prepare and dispense drugs and medicines; druggist; apothecary; pharmaceutical chemist.
Also, pharmaceutist
[fahr-muh-soo-tist] /ˌfɑr məˈsu tɪst/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pharmacist
First recorded in 1825-35; pharmac(y) + -ist
chemist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I suppose he had to go and learn to be a pharmacist, but—it's hard on me.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston
  • She did not know what doctor prescribed the medicaments, nor the pharmacist who supplied them.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • Addiction to a drug incapacitates the pharmacist for filling prescriptions.

    Habits that Handicap Charles B. Towns
  • What then, I repeat, must the pharmacist do to succeed, personally and professionally?

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • I do not want the pharmacist to go the way of the book dealers.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
British Dictionary definitions for pharmacist


a person qualified to prepare and dispense drugs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pharmacist

1811; see pharmacy + -ist. Replaced obsolete pharmacian (1720). The Latin word was pharmacopola, the Greek pharmakopoles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pharmacist in Medicine

pharmacist phar·ma·cist (fär'mə-sĭst)
One who prepares and dispenses drugs; a druggist.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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