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[fahr-muh-sist] /ˈfɑr mə sɪst/
a person licensed to prepare and dispense drugs and medicines; druggist; apothecary; pharmaceutical chemist.
Also, pharmaceutist
[fahr-muh-soo-tist] /ˌfɑr məˈsu tɪst/ (Show IPA)
Origin of pharmacist
1825-35; pharmac(y) + -ist
chemist. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • To be a pharmacist's mate third class, you are supposed to be of immediate value to the medical officer in the sick bay of a ship.

  • I suppose he had to go and learn to be a pharmacist, but—it's hard on me.

    Prudence Says So Ethel Hueston
  • At the request of his father-in-law Helene had gone to get a bottle of violet syrup from the pharmacist.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • She did not know what doctor prescribed the medicaments, nor the pharmacist who supplied them.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
  • But then I liked the work of a pharmacist's assistant better, and I changed to that.

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for pharmacist


a person qualified to prepare and dispense drugs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pharmacist

1811; see pharmacy + -ist. Replaced obsolete pharmacian (1720). The Latin word was pharmacopola, the Greek pharmakopoles.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pharmacist in Medicine

pharmacist phar·ma·cist (fär'mə-sĭst)
One who prepares and dispenses drugs; a druggist.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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