pharmacy

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From Middle English pharmacy, borrowed from Middle French pharmacie, from Old French farmacie, from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Ancient Greek φαρμακεία (pharmakeía, the use of drugs), from φάρμακον (phármakon, a drug, charm, enchantment), of uncertain but likely Pre-Greek origin.

Attested since late 14th century.

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pharmacy (countable and uncountable, plural pharmacies)

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

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