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pharmaceutical

[fahr-muh-soo-ti-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to pharmacy or pharmacists.
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noun
  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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British Dictionary definitions for pharmaceutical

pharmaceutical

less commonly pharmaceutic

adjective
  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 pharmaceutical

adj.

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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pharmaceutical in Medicine

pharmaceutical

(fär′mə-sōōtĭ-kəl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists.
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n.
  1. A pharmaceutical product or preparation.
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