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pharmaceutics

[fahr-muh-soo-tiks] /ˌfɑr məˈsu tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
pharmacy (def 1).
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Late Latin pharmaceuticus < Greek pharmakeutikós, equivalent to pharmakeut(ḗs) druggist, orig. poisoner (derivative of phármakon; see pharmaco-) + -ikos -ic; see -ics

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
1640-50; pharmaceutic(s) + -al1
Related forms
pharmaceutically, adverb
nonpharmaceutic, adjective
nonpharmaceutical, adjective
nonpharmaceutically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pharmaceutics

pharmaceutics

/ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) another term for pharmacy (sense 1)
2.
(functioning as pl) pharmaceutical remedies

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 pharmaceutics

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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pharmaceutics 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.

pharmaceutics phar·ma·ceu·tics (fär'mə-sōō'tĭks)
n.

  1. The science of preparing and dispensing drugs.

  2. Pharmaceutical preparations; medicinal drugs.

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Encyclopedia Article for pharmaceutics

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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