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pharmaceutical

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BrE BrE//ˌfɑːməˈsuːtɪkl//
 
, BrE//ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɑːrməˈsuːtɪkl//
 
 
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[only before noun] connected with making and selling drugs and medicines pharmaceutical products the pharmaceutical industry Word Origin mid 17th cent.: via late Latin from Greek pharmakeutikos (from pharmakeutēs ‘druggist’, from pharmakon ‘drug’) + -al.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pharmaceutical

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