Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The art or practice of preparing, preserving, and compounding medicines, and of dispensing them according to the formulæ or prescriptions of medical practitioners.
  • noun The occupation of an apothecary or pharmaceutical chemist.
  • noun A place where medicines are prepared and dispensed; a drug-store; an apothecary's shop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The art or practice of preparing and preserving drugs, and of compounding and dispensing medicines according to prescriptions of physicians; the occupation of an apothecary or a pharmaceutical chemist.
  • noun A place where medicines are compounded; a drug store; an apothecary's shop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A place where prescription drugs are dispensed, a dispensary.
  • noun The science of medicinal substances comprising pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology, phytochemistry and forensics.
  • noun The occupation of a pharmacist.

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

  • noun a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold
  • noun the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines,

Etymologies

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

[Middle English farmacie, a purgative, from Old French, from Medieval Latin pharmacīa, a medicine, from Greek pharmakeia, use of drugs, from pharmakon, drug.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French farmacie (modern French pharmacie), from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Ancient Greek φαρμακεία (pharmakeia, "the use of drugs"), from φάρμακον (pharmakon, "a drug, charm, enchantment"), from Ancient Greek φαρμακίς (pharmakis, "witch").

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