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



BrE BrE//ˌfɑːməˈsuːtɪkl//
, BrE//ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfɑːrməˈsuːtɪkl//
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[usually plural] (specialist) a drug or medicine the development of new pharmaceuticals the pharmaceuticals industry See related entries: Medication Word Origin mid 17th cent.: via late Latin from Greek pharmakeutikos (from pharmakeutēs ‘druggist’, from pharmakon ‘drug’) + -al.
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