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


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

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British Dictionary definitions for pharmacologist


/ (ˌfɑːməˈkɒlədʒɪ) /


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

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Medicine definitions for pharmacologist


[ 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.
Related formsphar′ma•co•logic (-kə-lŏjĭk) adj.

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Science definitions for pharmacologist


[ fär′mə-kŏlə-jē ]

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