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  1. the science dealing with the preparation, uses, and especially the effects of drugs.
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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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Related Words for pharmacologist

pharmacologist, apothecary

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Historical Examples of pharmacologist

  • He was no anatomist, no physiologist, but rather what nowadays we should call a pharmacologist.

    Old-Time Makers of Medicine

    James J. Walsh

  • In fact, in spite of that, she was a pharmacologist, that means she has a good head.

    Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for pharmacologist


  1. the science of drugs, including their characteristics and uses
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Derived Formspharmacological (ˌfɑːməkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepharmacologically, adverbpharmacologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for pharmacologist


1728, from pharmacology + -ist.

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

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pharmacologist 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.
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Related formsphar′ma•co•logic (-kə-lŏjĭk) adj.
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pharmacologist in Science


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