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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The government puts particular blame on car makers and pharmaceutical companies for an inflation rate that in December was nearly 20%.
▪ As a pharmaceutical company Janssen know how important dependability and consistence are.
▪ He is also expected to announce tax relief for overseas donations of existing drugs by pharmaceutical companies.
▪ Two other large pharmaceutical companies also have competing drugs.
▪ Many are forgotten, buried in old scientific journals or the archives of individual pharmaceutical companies.
▪ Angelo D'Agostino could come from pharmaceutical companies who own patents on the drugs.
▪ The resources of many pharmaceutical firms were applied to the search for new moulds and other micro-organisms.
▪ One day they set out on one of these visits to the manager of a pharmaceutical firm.
▪ The story begins in the late 1980s, with a small high-tech pharmaceutical firm - Medirace -on the campus of Brunel University.
▪ When I worked in the pharmaceutical industry, trivial naming was taken to an extreme.
▪ Switzer-land does not have a big enough population to support a solely domestic pharmaceutical industry.
▪ This position calls for a thorough knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the role and nature of clinical development.
▪ Success will require partnership with other states, international agencies, civil society and with the pharmaceutical industry.
▪ As a Government, we wanted a good pharmaceutical industry but we also wanted good value for the health service.
▪ Last year, our pharmaceutical industry contributed more than £600 million to our balance of payments.
▪ She is a highly qualified research scientist whose contract, funded by the pharmaceutical industry, has come to an end.
▪ Howards began by manufacturing fine chemicals, especially the antimalarial drug quinine and its derivatives, for the pharmaceutical industry.
▪ These provide expanded capacity for platinum anti-cancer drugs and specialised organic pharmaceutical products.
▪ Down is involved in the manufacturing of veterinary pharmaceutical products.
▪ We can perhaps draw a useful analogy with pharmaceutical products.
▪ Enzyme and bacteria factories for pharmaceutical products have become hugely advanced.
▪ In Stockholm, equities retreated broadly, hurt by climbing bond yields and weakness in the pharmaceutical sector.
▪ Some of his closest aides have been handpicked from the pharmaceutical sector.
▪ the large pharmaceutical companies
▪ At the industrial level, pharmaceutical and other biomedical enterprises do all they can to promote their products.
▪ Bulk salt is rigorously tested before being mixed with pharmaceutical grade chemicals.
▪ Diversa estimates the market for effective enzymes at $ 12 billion, including $ 5 billion in pharmaceutical manufacturing alone.
▪ In Stockholm, equities retreated broadly, hurt by climbing bond yields and weakness in the pharmaceutical sector.
▪ Opportunities exist in University departments and research institutes, in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and medicine.
▪ So I made some calls and some people are some pharmaceutical places are gon na come in.
▪ Switzer-land does not have a big enough population to support a solely domestic pharmaceutical industry.
▪ Within the pharmaceutical division, prescription drug sales rose 9 percent in local currencies.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pharmaceutic \Phar`ma*ceu"tic\ (f[aum]r`m[.a]*s[=u]"t[i^]k), Pharmaceutical \Phar`ma*ceu"tic*al\ (-t[i^]*kal), a. [L. pharmaceuticus, Gr. farmakeytiko`s, fr. farmakey`ein: cf. F. pharmaceutique. See Pharmacy.] Of or pertaining to the knowledge or art of pharmacy, or to the art of preparing medicines according to the rules or formulas of pharmacy; as, pharmaceutical preparations. -- Phar`ma*ceu"tic*al*ly, adv.

Pharmaceutical chemistry, that department of chemistry which ascertains or regulates the composition of medicinal substances.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s (pharmaceutic in the same sense is from 1540s), from Late Latin pharmaceuticus "of drugs," from Greek pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs, poisoner" (see pharmacy). Related: Pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutically.


a. (context medicine English) Of, or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists. n. (context medicine English) A pharmaceutical or pharmacological preparation or product; a drug.

  1. adj. of or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists; "the pharmaceutical industry" [syn: pharmaceutic]

  2. of or relating to drugs used in medical treatment


n. drug or medicine that is prepared or dispensed in pharmacies and used in medical treatment

Usage examples of "pharmaceutical".

In an analysis that is over thirty years old and conducted long before we developed the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile and early-mobilization program, the World Health Organization estimated in 1970 that the release of aerosolized anthrax over a densely populated area with 5 million people could result in 250,000 casualties, 100,000 of whom would die unless treated.

Currently, the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile has enough antibiotics to fully treat two million people after an anthrax exposure, and recent federal funding will soon increase that number to millions more.

From her CV, Henry had learned that Marchetti was thirty-two, had dual doctorates in reproductive medicine and microbiology from the University of Milan, and had worked for six years at an Italian pharmaceutical house supervising the production of human growth hormone from bacteria.

Today all the microcards and wordspools had dealt with the pharmaceutical division of Walbrook.

It meant that under the licensing agreement between Felding-Roth Pharmaceuticals and Laboratoires Gironde-Chimie, American testing of Montayne would now begin.

The prefabricated refinery processed the crumbly stuff, turning it into thick dark bricks of protoplastic, the fodder of their building and pharmaceuticals industry.

Important results were also achieved in shipbuilding and the oil, pharmaceutical, chemical and metal industries.

Wilbur Smot happened over the company threshold, Brisbane Pharmaceuticals was on the corporate forefront.

Oswald Tinner, the account executive for the American Personal Pharmaceuticals account.

Those Transnistrian companies had mostly been interested in duplicating pharmaceuticals and transgenic food crops created by other companies, producing them on the cheap and underselling the patent-owners.

She had lost her defendant at the first hearing, committed trespassing at Scanton Pharmaceuticals and allowed herself to be manipulated by a stripper.

Ken Bradton of Bradton Mutual Insurance, Paul Cobb of Undercliff Pharmaceutical, and Ben Arnold of Jedlow Laboratories.

She believes he told her that a chemical or pharmaceutical company of some kind had agreed to underwrite the venture.

For some reason, I jotted down the fact that a company by the name of Fire and Jce Pharmaceuticals had expressed an interest in underwriting the Chastain expedition.

Fire and Ice Pharmaceuticals, the company that had committed to underwriting the Third Expedition through the University of Portland had gone bankrupt a few months after the expedition was supposedly canceled.