[ uh-poth-uh-ker-ee ]
/ əˈpɒθ əˌkɛr i /

noun, plural a·poth·e·car·ies.

a druggist; a pharmacist.
a pharmacy or drugstore.
(especially in England and Ireland) a druggist licensed to prescribe medicine.

Origin of apothecary

1325–75; Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin apothēcārius seller of spices and drugs, Late Latin: shopkeeper, equivalent to Latin apothēc(a) shop, storehouse (< Greek apothḗkē; see apo-, theca) + -ārius -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for apothecary

/ (əˈpɒθɪkərɪ) /

noun plural -caries

an archaic word for pharmacist
law a chemist licensed by the Society of Apothecaries of London to prescribe, prepare, and sell drugs

Word Origin for apothecary

C14: from Old French apotecaire, from Late Latin apothēcārius warehouseman, from apothēca, from Greek apothēkē storehouse
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Medical definitions for apothecary

[ ə-pŏthĭ-kĕr′ē ]

n. pl. a•poth•e•car•ies

One that prepares and sells drugs and other medicines; a pharmacist.
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