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[fahr-muh-koh-ki-net-iks, -kahy-] /ˌfɑr mə koʊ kɪˈnɛt ɪks, -kaɪ-/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Pharmacology
the branch of pharmacology that studies the fate of pharmacological substances in the body, as their absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination.
Origin of pharmacokinetics
1955-60; pharmaco- + kinetics Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pharmacokinetics


/ˌfɑːməkəʊkɪˈnɛtɪks; -kaɪ-/
the branch of pharmacology concerned with the way drugs are taken into, move around, and are eliminated from, the body
Derived Forms
pharmacokinetic, adjective
pharmacokinetically, adverb
pharmacokineticist (ˌfɑːməkəʊkɪˈnɛtɪsɪst) noun
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Word Origin and History for pharmacokinetics

1960, from pharmaco- + kinetic.

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pharmacokinetics in Medicine

pharmacokinetics phar·ma·co·ki·net·ics (fär'mə-kō-kə-nět'ĭks, -kī-)

  1. The process by which a drug is absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated by the body.

  2. The study of this process.

phar'ma·co·ki·net'ic adj.
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