pharmacy

[fahr-muh-see]
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Origin of pharmacy

1645–55; earlier pharmacia < Medieval Latin < Greek pharmakeía druggist's work. See pharmaco-, -y3
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Related Words for pharmacy

apothecary, dispensary, drugstore, pharmacopoeia

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British Dictionary definitions for pharmacy

pharmacy

noun plural -cies
  1. Also called: pharmaceutics the practice or art of preparing and dispensing drugs
  2. a dispensary

Word Origin for pharmacy

C14: from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia making of drugs, from pharmakon drug
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Word Origin and History for pharmacy
n.

late 14c., "a medicine," from Old French farmacie "a purgative" (13c.), from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia "use of drugs, medicines, potions, or spells; poisoning, witchcraft; remedy, cure," from pharmakeus (fem. pharmakis) "preparer of drugs, poisoner, sorcorer" from pharmakon "drug, poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment." Meaning "use or administration of drugs" is attested from c.1400; that of "place where drugs are prepared and dispensed" is first recorded 1833. The ph- was restored 16c. in French, 17c. in English (see -ph-).

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pharmacy in Medicine

pharmacy

[färmə-sē]
n.
  1. The art of preparing and dispensing drugs.
  2. A place where drugs are sold; a drugstore.apothecary
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