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[fahr-muh-kol-uh-jee] /ˌfɑr məˈkɒl ə dʒi/
the science dealing with the preparation, uses, and especially the effects of drugs.
Origin of pharmacology
From the New Latin word pharmacologia, dating back to 1715-25. See pharmaco-, -logy
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[fahr-muh-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌfɑr mə kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
pharmacologic, adjective
pharmacologically, adverb
pharmacologist, noun Unabridged
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the science of drugs, including their characteristics and uses
Derived Forms
pharmacological (ˌfɑːməkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
pharmacologically, adverb
pharmacologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for pharmacology

1721, formed in Modern Latin (1680s) from pharmaco- + -logy. Related: Pharmacological.

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pharmacology in Medicine

pharmacology phar·ma·col·o·gy (fär'mə-kŏl'ə-jē)

  1. The science of drugs, including their composition, uses, and effects.

  2. The characteristics or properties of a drug, especially those that make it medically effective.

phar'ma·co·log'ic (-kə-lŏj'ĭk) adj.
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pharmacology in Science
The scientific study of drugs and their effects, especially in the treatment of disease.
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