[fahr-muh-soo-ti-kuh l]


pertaining to pharmacy or pharmacists.


a pharmaceutical preparation or product.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pharmaceutical


less commonly pharmaceutic


of or relating to drugs or pharmacy
Derived Formspharmaceutically, adverb

Word Origin for pharmaceutical

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

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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Medicine definitions for pharmaceutical




Of or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists.


A pharmaceutical product or preparation.
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