[ fahr-muh-koh-ki-net-iks, -kahy- ]
/ ˌfɑr mə koʊ kɪˈnɛt ɪks, -kaɪ- /

noun (used with a singular verb) Pharmacology.

the branch of pharmacology that studies the fate of pharmacological substances in the body, as their absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination.

Origin of pharmacokinetics

First recorded in 1955–60; pharmaco- + kinetics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for pharmacokinetics

/ (ˌfɑːməkəʊkɪˈnɛtɪks, -kaɪ-) /


the branch of pharmacology concerned with the way drugs are taken into, move around, and are eliminated from, the body

Derived forms of pharmacokinetics

pharmacokinetic, adjectivepharmacokinetically, adverbpharmacokineticist (ˌfɑːməkəʊkɪˈnɛtɪsɪst), noun
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Medical definitions for pharmacokinetics

[ fär′mə-kō-kə-nĕtĭks, -kī- ]


The process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and eliminated by the body.
The study of this process.

Other words from pharmacokinetics

phar′ma•co•ki•netic adj.
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