from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science that studies the effects of chemical compounds on living animals, especially the science of the manufacture, use and effects of medicinal drugs.
  • n. The medicinal characteristics of a specific drug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Knowledge of drugs or medicines; the art of preparing medicines.
  • n. A treatise on the art of preparing medicines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sum of scientific knowledge concerning drugs, including
  • n. pharmacy, or the art of preparing drugs, and
  • n. pharmacody-namics, what is known concerning their action.
  • n. More specifically, same as pharmacodynamics.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effects


From pharmaco- + -logy. (Wiktionary)



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