noun, plural phar·ma·cies.

Also called pharmaceutics. the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines.
a drugstore.

Nearby words

  1. pharmacopeial,
  2. pharmacopeial gel,
  3. pharmacopoeia,
  4. pharmacopsychosis,
  5. pharmacotherapy,
  6. pharming,
  7. pharos,
  8. pharr,
  9. pharsalia,
  10. pharsalus

Origin of pharmacy

1645–55; earlier pharmacia < Medieval Latin < Greek pharmakeía druggist's work. See pharmaco-, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pharmacy


noun plural -cies

Also called: pharmaceutics the practice or art of preparing and dispensing drugs
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



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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Medicine definitions for pharmacy




The art of preparing and dispensing drugs.
A place where drugs are sold; a drugstore.apothecary

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