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pharmaceutical

[fahr-muh-soo-ti-kuh l] /ˌfɑr məˈsu tɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to pharmacy or pharmacists.
noun
2.
a pharmaceutical preparation or product.
Also, pharmaceutic.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; pharmaceutic(s) + -al1
Related forms
pharmaceutically, adverb
nonpharmaceutic, adjective
nonpharmaceutical, adjective
nonpharmaceutically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pharmaceutic

pharmaceutical

/ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to drugs or pharmacy
Derived Forms
pharmaceutically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin pharmaceuticus, from Greek pharmakeus purveyor of drugs; see pharmacy
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Word Origin and History for pharmaceutic

pharmaceutical

adj.

1640s (pharmaceutic in the same sense is from 1540s), from Late Latin pharmaceuticus "of drugs," from Greek pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs, poisoner" (see pharmacy). Related: Pharmaceuticals; pharmaceutically.

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pharmaceutic in Medicine

pharmaceutical phar·ma·ceu·ti·cal (fär'mə-sōō'tĭ-kəl) or phar·ma·ceu·tic (-tĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to pharmacy or pharmacists. n.
A pharmaceutical product or preparation.

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Encyclopedia Article for pharmaceutic

pharmaceutical

substance used in the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease and for restoring, correcting, or modifying organic functions. (See also pharmaceutical industry.)

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