[ fahr-muh-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌfɑr məˈkɒl ə dʒi /


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

Origin of pharmacology

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pharmacology

phar·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for pharmacological

/ (ˌfɑːməˈkɒlədʒɪ) /


the science of drugs, including their characteristics and uses

Derived forms of pharmacology

pharmacological (ˌfɑːməkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepharmacologically, adverbpharmacologist, noun
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Medical definitions for pharmacological

[ fär′mə-kŏlə-jē ]


The science of drugs, including their composition, uses, and effects.
The characteristics or properties of a drug, especially those that make it medically effective.

Other words from pharmacology

phar′ma•co•logic (-kə-lŏjĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for pharmacological

[ fär′mə-kŏlə-jē ]

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