pharmacology

[fahr-muh-kol-uh-jee]
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noun

the science dealing with the preparation, uses, and especially the effects of drugs.

Nearby words

  1. pharmacognosy,
  2. pharmacokinetics,
  3. pharmacol.,
  4. pharmacolite,
  5. pharmacologist,
  6. pharmacopeia,
  7. pharmacopeial,
  8. pharmacopeial gel,
  9. pharmacopoeia,
  10. pharmacopsychosis

Origin of pharmacology

From the New Latin word pharmacologia, dating back to 1715–25. See pharmaco-, -logy

Related formsphar·ma·co·log·i·cal [fahr-muh-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌfɑr mə kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, phar·ma·co·log·ic, adjectivephar·ma·co·log·i·cal·ly, adverbphar·ma·col·o·gist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pharmacological

pharmacology

noun

the science of drugs, including their characteristics and uses
Derived Formspharmacological (ˌfɑːməkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepharmacologically, adverbpharmacologist, noun

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Word Origin and History for pharmacological

pharmacology

n.

1721, formed in Modern Latin (1680s) from pharmaco- + -logy. Related: Pharmacological.

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Medicine definitions for pharmacological

pharmacology

[fär′mə-kŏlə-jē]

n.

The science of drugs, including their composition, uses, and effects.
The characteristics or properties of a drug, especially those that make it medically effective.
Related formsphar′ma•co•logic (-kə-lŏjĭk) adj.


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Science definitions for pharmacological

pharmacology

[fär′mə-kŏlə-jē]

The scientific study of drugs and their effects, especially in the treatment of disease.
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