[ dih-spen-suh-ree ]
/ dɪˈspɛn sə ri /

noun, plural dis·pen·sa·ries.

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

1690–1700; < Medieval Latin dispēnsāria storeroom, equivalent to Latin dispēns(āre) to dispense + -āria -ary
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British Dictionary definitions for dispensary


/ (dɪˈspɛnsərɪ, -srɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a place where medicine and medical supplies are dispensed

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Medicine definitions for dispensary


[ dĭ-spĕnsə-rē ]


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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