pertaining to pharmacy or pharmacists.
a pharmaceutical preparation or product.
Also, pharmaceutic.

1640–50; pharmaceutic(s) + -al1

pharmaceutically, adverb
nonpharmaceutic, adjective
nonpharmaceutical, adjective
nonpharmaceutically, adverb Unabridged
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pharmaceutical or pharmaceutic (ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪkəl)
of or relating to drugs or pharmacy
[C17: from Late Latin pharmaceuticus, from Greek pharmakeus purveyor of drugs; see pharmacy]
pharmaceutic or pharmaceutic
[C17: from Late Latin pharmaceuticus, from Greek pharmakeus purveyor of drugs; see pharmacy]
pharma'ceutically or pharmaceutic

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Word Origin & History

1640s (pharmaceutic in the same sense is from 1540s), from L. pharmaceuticus "of drugs," from Gk. pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs, poisoner," from pharmakon "medicine, poison."
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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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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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