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[fahr-muh-soo-ti-kuh l]
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  1. pertaining to pharmacy or pharmacists.
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  1. a pharmaceutical preparation or product.
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Sometimes phar·ma·ceu·tic.

Origin of pharmaceutical

First recorded in 1640–50; pharmaceutic(s) + -al1
Related formsphar·ma·ceu·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·phar·ma·ceu·tic, adjectivenon·phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal, adjectivenon·phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • It was not by his pharmaceutic prescriptions that he gained his great name.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • Yet they have been imitated by most of the pharmaceutic houses.

  • This whole observation on the pharmaceutic value of pride of the meadows is taken from Tissot's "Traité sur les Nerfs."

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2)

    Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

  • To my wife he gave the pharmaceutic recipes of his own land, to my daughter he taught the melodies of the Ukraine.


    Alphonse Daudet

  • However, the pharmaceutic and therapeutic details of the treatise have been somewhat overlooked.

British Dictionary definitions for pharmaceutic


less commonly pharmaceutic

  1. of or relating to drugs or pharmacy
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Derived Formspharmaceutically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin pharmaceuticus, from Greek pharmakeus purveyor of drugs; see pharmacy
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Word Origin and History for pharmaceutic



1640s (pharmaceutic in the same sense is from 1540s), from Late Latin pharmaceuticus "of drugs," from Greek pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs, poisoner" (see pharmacy). Related: Pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutically.

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pharmaceutic in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists.
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  1. A pharmaceutical product or preparation.
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