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


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 pharmaceutical

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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pharmaceutical in Medicine

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

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