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[fahr-muh-kol-uh-jee] /ˌfɑr məˈkɒl ə dʒi/
the science dealing with the preparation, uses, and especially the effects of drugs.
Origin of pharmacology
1715-25; < New Latin pharmacologia. See pharmaco-, -logy
Related forms
[fahr-muh-kuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌfɑr mə kəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
pharmacologic, adjective
pharmacologically, adverb
pharmacologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pharmacological
  • The placebo is useful, too, in pharmacological research.
  • Our new understanding of fear has also led to cunning pharmacological treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Yet a number of researchers are already exploring the possibilities of a real pharmacological solution.
  • All along the disorder spectrum there are such pharmacological success stories.
  • If we're depressed, we're probably also seeking pharmacological help.
  • Doctors have few pharmacological remedies for addiction and no standard drug therapy for cocaine dependence.
  • pharmacological interventions for the prevention of relapse in bipolar disorder: a systematic review of controlled trials.
  • pharmacological therapies are too often the focus of diabetes treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for pharmacological


the science of drugs, including their characteristics and uses
Derived Forms
pharmacological (ˌfɑːməkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
pharmacologically, adverb
pharmacologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for pharmacological



1721, formed in Modern Latin (1680s) from pharmaco- + -logy. Related: Pharmacological.

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pharmacological in Medicine

pharmacology phar·ma·col·o·gy (fär'mə-kŏl'ə-jē)

  1. The science of drugs, including their composition, uses, and effects.

  2. The characteristics or properties of a drug, especially those that make it medically effective.

phar'ma·co·log'ic (-kə-lŏj'ĭk) adj.
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pharmacological in Science
The scientific study of drugs and their effects, especially in the treatment of disease.
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