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

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Contemporary Examples of pharmacological

  • And when the third factor of pharmacological chemistry is introduced, it becomes totally unpredictable.

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  • And yet there's something missing from pharmacological lit that you might not even notice at first.

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Historical Examples of pharmacological

British Dictionary definitions for pharmacological


  1. 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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pharmacological in Medicine


  1. The science of drugs, including their composition, uses, and effects.
  2. 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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pharmacological in Science


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