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pharmaceutics

[fahr-muh-soo-tiks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. pharmacy(def 1).
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Origin of pharmaceutics

1535–45; < Late Latin pharmaceuticus < Greek pharmakeutikós, equivalent to pharmakeut(ḗs) druggist, orig. poisoner (derivative of phármakon; see pharmaco-) + -ikos -ic; see -ics

pharmaceutical

[fahr-muh-soo-ti-kuh l]
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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Related Words

pharmaceuticalprescriptionsedativeopiatenarcoticremedycuremedicinepillstimulantpoisontonicmedicationdopeessencedepressantpotionphysicpharmaceuticmedicament

Examples from the Web for pharmaceutics

Historical Examples

  • They are licensed to practice medicine, dentistry and pharmaceutics.

    The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV

    Various

  • There is nothing in pharmaceutics that has not a direct origin from vegetable, animal, or mineral life.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills

    Edwin Carlile Litsey


British Dictionary definitions for pharmaceutics

pharmaceutics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) another term for pharmacy (def. 1)
  2. (functioning as plural) pharmaceutical remedies
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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 pharmaceutics

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pharmaceutics in Medicine

pharmaceutics

(fär′mə-sōōtĭks)
n.
  1. The science of preparing and dispensing drugs.
  2. Pharmaceutical preparations; medicinal drugs.
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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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