pharmaceutical

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

adjective

pertaining to pharmacy or pharmacists.

noun

a pharmaceutical preparation or product.
Sometimes phar·ma·ceu·tic.

Origin of pharmaceutical

First recorded in 1640–50; pharmaceutic(s) + -al1

Related forms

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
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British Dictionary definitions for pharmaceutical

pharmaceutical

less commonly pharmaceutic

/ (ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪkəl) /

adjective

of or relating to drugs or pharmacy

Derived Forms

pharmaceutically, adverb

Word Origin for pharmaceutical

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

pharmaceutical

[ fär′mə-sōōtĭ-kəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists.

n.

A pharmaceutical product or preparation.
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