noun, plural pharmacies.
Also called pharmaceutics. the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines.
a drugstore.

1645–55; earlier pharmacia < Medieval Latin < Greek pharmakeía druggist's work. See pharmaco-, -y3 Unabridged
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pharmacy (ˈfɑːməsɪ)
n , pl -cies
1.  Also called: pharmaceutics the practice or art of preparing and dispensing drugs
2.  a dispensary
[C14: from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia making of drugs, from pharmakon drug]

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Word Origin & History

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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pharmacy phar·ma·cy (fär'mə-sē)

  1. The art of preparing and dispensing drugs.

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

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