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  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˈpɛnsəɹi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛnsəɹi


dispensary (plural dispensaries)

  1. A place or room where something is dispensed, particularly:
    1. (dated) Synonym of pharmacy, particularly one included in a hospital that does not act as a point of sale.
      • 1989, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, translated by H. T. Willetts, August 1914, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, →ISBN, page 120:
        He watched for a while, pacing the small, slippery cobbles, then made for the deep shade of a stone porch on the other side of the square, where a sheet with a red cross on it had been draped around a pillar. A two-wheeled field dispensary with no driver stood outside the building.
    2. An institution that dispenses medical supplies and advice.
    3. A retail establishment that sells marijuana and related supplies to customers with a prescription to use it for medical purposes.