[ fahr-muh-soo-ti-kuh l ]
/ ˌfɑr məˈsu tɪ kəl /


pertaining to pharmacy or pharmacists.


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

OTHER WORDS FROM pharmaceutical

phar·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. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for pharmaceutical

British Dictionary definitions for pharmaceutical


less commonly pharmaceutic

/ (ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪkəl) /


of or relating to drugs or pharmacy

Derived forms of pharmaceutical

pharmaceutically, adverb

Word Origin for pharmaceutical

C17: from Late Latin pharmaceuticus, from Greek pharmakeus purveyor of drugs; see pharmacy
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Medical definitions for pharmaceutical

[ fär′mə-sōōtĭ-kəl ]


Of or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists.


A pharmaceutical product or preparation.
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