Definition of dispensary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈspensəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈspensəri//
    (pl. dispensaries) Hospitals
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  1. 1a place in a hospital, shop/store, etc. where medicines are prepared for patients See related entries: Hospitals
  2. 2(old-fashioned) a place where patients are treated, especially one run by a charity
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent.: from medieval Latin dispensarium, neuter (used as a noun) of dispensarius, from Latin dispensare ‘continue to weigh out or disburse’, from the verb dispendere, based on pendere ‘weigh’.
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