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



    BrE BrE//ˈfɑːməsi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɑːrməsi//
    (pl. pharmacies) Types of stores, Conventional medicine
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  1. 1 [countable] a shop/store, or part of one, that sells medicines and drugs compare chemist, drugstore See related entries: Types of stores, Conventional medicine
  2. 2[countable] a place in a hospital where medicines are prepared see also dispensary
  3. 3 [uncountable] the study of how to prepare medicines and drugs
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the administration of drugs): from Old French farmacie, via medieval Latin from Greek pharmakeia ‘practice of the druggist’, based on pharmakon ‘drug’. Wordfinderadminister, capsule, dispense, dose, ill, inhaler, medicine, medication, pharmacy, placeboExtra examples Research is bringing more effective new drugs to pharmacy shelves. The cream is available at/​from/​in pharmacies without a prescription. The ointment is available from pharmacies without prescription.
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