a person licensed to prepare and dispense drugs and medicines; druggist; apothecary; pharmaceutical chemist.

Also phar·ma·ceu·tist [fahr-muh-soo-tist] /ˌfɑr məˈsu tɪst/.

Origin of pharmacist

First recorded in 1825–35; pharmac(y) + -ist

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

Related Words for pharmacist

pharmacologist, apothecary

Examples from the Web for pharmacist

Contemporary Examples of pharmacist

Historical Examples of pharmacist

  • I suppose he had to go and learn to be a pharmacist, but—it's hard on me.

    Prudence Says So

    Ethel Hueston

  • She did not know what doctor prescribed the medicaments, nor the pharmacist who supplied them.

    She Stands Accused

    Victor MacClure

  • Addiction to a drug incapacitates the pharmacist for filling prescriptions.

    Habits that Handicap

    Charles B. Towns

  • What then, I repeat, must the pharmacist do to succeed, personally and professionally?

    A Librarian's Open Shelf

    Arthur E. Bostwick

  • I do not want the pharmacist to go the way of the book dealers.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf

    Arthur E. Bostwick

British Dictionary definitions for pharmacist


less commonly pharmaceutist (ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪst)


a person qualified to prepare and dispense drugs
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Word Origin and History for pharmacist

1811; see pharmacy + -ist. Replaced obsolete pharmacian (1720). The Latin word was pharmacopola, the Greek pharmakopoles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pharmacist in Medicine




One who prepares and dispenses drugs; a druggist.
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