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[fahr-muh-see] /ˈfɑr mə si/
noun, plural pharmacies.
Also called pharmaceutics. the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines.
a drugstore.
Origin of pharmacy
1645-55; earlier pharmacia < Medieval Latin < Greek pharmakeía druggist's work. See pharmaco-, -y3 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -cies
Also called pharmaceutics. the practice or art of preparing and dispensing drugs
a dispensary
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia making of drugs, from pharmakon drug
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Word Origin and History for pharmacy

late 14c., "a medicine," from Old French farmacie "a purgative" (13c.), from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia "use of drugs, medicines, potions, or spells; poisoning, witchcraft; remedy, cure," from pharmakeus (fem. pharmakis) "preparer of drugs, poisoner, sorcorer" 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. The ph- was restored 16c. in French, 17c. in English (see -ph-).

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pharmacy in Medicine

pharmacy phar·ma·cy (fär'mə-sē)

  1. The art of preparing and dispensing drugs.

  2. A place where drugs are sold; a drugstore. Also called apothecary.

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