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pharmacy

[fahr-muh-see] /ˈfɑr mə si/
noun, plural pharmacies.
1.
Also called pharmaceutics. the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines.
2.
a drugstore.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; earlier pharmacia < Medieval Latin < Greek pharmakeía druggist's work. See pharmaco-, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for pharmacies

pharmacy

/ˈfɑːməsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
Also called pharmaceutics. the practice or art of preparing and dispensing drugs
2.
a dispensary
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia making of drugs, from pharmakon drug
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Word Origin and History for pharmacies
pharmacy
late 14c., "a medicine," from O.Fr. farmacie, from M.L. pharmacia, from Gk. pharmakeia "use of drugs or medicines," from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs," from pharmakon "drug, poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment." Meaning "use or administration of drugs" is attested from c.1400; that of "place where drugs are prepared and dispensed" is first recorded 1833. Pharmacist coined in Eng. 1834.
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pharmacies in Medicine

pharmacy phar·ma·cy (fär'mə-sē)
n.

  1. The art of preparing and dispensing drugs.

  2. A place where drugs are sold; a drugstore. Also called apothecary.

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