1. a pharmaceutical company.
  2. Also called big pharma. pharmaceutical companies, considered collectively: Pharma is expanding into China, hoping to replace local remedies with manufactured drugs.

Origin of pharma

First recorded in 1990-95; short for pharmaceutical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of pharma

  • The appetite-suppressing hormones had been used in the Mexican pharma industry for years.


    Cory Doctorow

British Dictionary definitions for pharma


  1. pharmaceutical companies when considered together as an industry
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