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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Responding to weekend press comment the company said yesterday that it had received offers for its Superdrug pharmacy chain.
▪ At first he marketed his yogurt through pharmacies.
▪ Patients whose ability to take medicines is a critical issue could be encouraged to use the same community pharmacy on each occasion.
▪ Responding to weekend press comment the company said yesterday that it had received offers for its Superdrug pharmacy chain.
▪ Tablets were provided by Merck, Sharp, and Dohme and were kept with the randomisation schedule in the hospital pharmacy.
▪ They are available at pharmacies for a suggested price of $ 19. 95.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Pharmacy \Phar"ma*cy\, n. [OE. fermacie, OF. farmacie, pharmacie, F. pharmacie, Gr. ?, fr. ? to administer or use medicines, fr. ? medicine.]

  1. 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.

  2. A place where medicines are compounded; a drug store; an apothecary's shop.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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, sorcerer" 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).


n. 1 (qual: countable) A place where prescription drugs are dispensed, a dispensary. 2 (qual: uncountable) The science of medicinal substances comprising pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology, phytochemistry and forensics. 3 (qual: uncountable) The occupation of a pharmacist.

  1. n. the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines, [syn: pharmaceutics]

  2. a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold [syn: drugstore, apothecary's shop, chemist's, chemist's shop]


Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing and dispensing drugs. It is a health profession that links health sciences with chemical sciences and aims to ensure the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.

The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are the experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize use of medication for the benefit of the patients.

An establishment in which pharmacy (in the first sense) is practiced is called a pharmacy (this term is more common in the United States) or a chemist's (which is more common in Great Britain). In the United States and Canada, drugstores commonly sell drugs, as well as miscellaneous items such as confectionery, cosmetics, office supplies, and magazines and occasionally refreshments and groceries.

The word pharmacy is derived from its root word pharma which was a term used since the 15th–17th centuries. However, the original Greek roots from pharmakos imply sorcery or even poison. In addition to pharma responsibilities, the pharma offered general medical advice and a range of services that are now performed solely by other specialist practitioners, such as surgery and midwifery. The pharma (as it was referred to) often operated through a retail shop which, in addition to ingredients for medicines, sold tobacco and patent medicines. Often the place that did this was called an apothecary and several languages have this as the dominant term, though their practices are more akin to a modern pharmacy, in English the term apothecary would today be seen as outdated or only approproriate if herbal remedies were on offer to a large extent. The pharmas also used many other herbs not listed. The Greek word Pharmakeia derives from pharmakon , meaning "drug", "medicine" (or "poison").

In its investigation of herbal and chemical ingredients, the work of the pharma may be regarded as a precursor of the modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology, prior to the formulation of the scientific method.

Pharmacy (disambiguation)

A pharmacy is a place where medication is dispensed, or a prescription drug-dispensing operation, most commonly a community pharmacy.

Pharmacy can also mean:

  • Pharmacy (album), a 2015 album by Galantis
  • Pharmacy (restaurant), the defunct restaurant in Notting Hill, London
  • Pharmacy Records, a record label
Pharmacy (album)

Pharmacy is the debut studio album by Swedish electronic music duo Galantis, released on 8 June 2015. The album features six singles (" Runaway (U & I)", " You", " Peanut Butter Jelly", " Gold Dust", "In My Head" and "Louder Harder Better").

Pharmacy (restaurant)

Pharmacy was a restaurant in Notting Hill, London, which opened in 1998. The venture was backed, in the early days, by Damien Hirst and the public relations guru, Matthew Freud. It gained further publicity thanks to a dispute with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain which claimed the name and the pill bottles and medical items on display could confuse people looking for a real pharmacy. The name itself was breaching the Medicines Act 1968, which restricts the use of "pharmacy". The restaurant's name was subsequently changed to "Army Chap", and then "Achy Ramp": anagrams of "Pharmacy".

However, initial plans to open further restaurants outside London were quietly dropped and the restaurant itself closed in September 2003.

Hirst, who had only loaned the restaurant the artwork on display on the premises, went on to earn over £11 million when the items were auctioned at Sotheby's. The restaurant's artwork was celebrated in a 2011 exhibition in Leeds Art Gallery.

Usage examples of "pharmacy".

To this end the psychiatrist prescribed Benzedrine tablets from the Kremlin pharmacy and within two weeks the General Secretary was a pop-eyed wreck.

Yet she visited a pharmacy, bought a home preg nancy test, and sank down in a heap when it showed positive.

The teenage orgies, boys and girls screwing, fighting and beer guzzling with a medicine kit of drugs from the various pharmacies.

Sandwich Shoppe, which served breakfast all day, there was a pharmacy at whose soda fountain the best raspberry lime rickeys in the Commonwealth could be had, as well as a hardware store that offered everything from nails to velveteen.

Progesterone creams are available in over-thecounter form in many pharmacies and natural food stores, mostly as components of cosmetic creams.

As everyone knows, DHEA is now also available over the counter in pharmacies, natural food stores, and by mail order.

Ivy-League education, but I know about pharmacies and how to manage them.

Before the morphia which deadens the pain of neuralgia, or the quinine which arrests the fit of an ague, can find their place in our pharmacies, commerce must have perfected its machinery, and science must have refined its processes, through periods only to be counted by the life of nations.

He was himself going to Ledbury, to consult about pharmacies with the leech, Master Straggles, who was said to be a learned man.

Thus I ever consider that Mary Bolingbroke was a fortunate woman to escape the fate of her father, sooner or later, for we could never persuade her to give up pharmacies, herbments, and such like healings, whenever she knew any one was sick or sorry.

Gillespie, who, like Dr. Cullen, had the advantage of having passed through the gradations of surgery and pharmacy, and by study and practice had attained to such skill, that my father settled on him two hundred pounds a year for five years, and fifty pounds a year during his life, as an honorarium to secure his particular attendance.

Gronke, the pharmacist, has a pharmacy on Neuer Markt that carries everything, corrosive, narcotic, and septic poisons.

Baillie declares to be an enlightened man, and perfectly sincere in his convictions, brought his own medicines from the pharmacy which furnished Hahnemann himself, and employed them for four or five months upon patients in his ward, and with results equally unsatisfactory, as appears from Dr.

Metcalf will tell you how much more sparingly they are given by our practitioners at the present time, than when he first inaugurated the new era of pharmacy among us.

Even the pharmacy is run by a man called Ira who knows everything about everybody and flips pills and salves and prescription printouts with the pizzazz of a cocktail waiter.