the science dealing with the preparation, uses, and especially the effects of drugs.

1715–25; < Neo-Latin pharmacologia. See pharmaco-, -logy

pharmacological [fahr-muh-kuh-loj-i-kuhl] , pharmacologic, adjective
pharmacologically, adverb
pharmacologist, noun Unabridged
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pharmacology (ˌfɑːməˈkɒlədʒɪ)
the science of drugs, including their characteristics and uses

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Word Origin & History

1721, formed in Mod.L. (1680s) from Gk. pharmakon "medicine, poison" (see pharmaceutical) + -logia "dealing with the topic of."
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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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pharmacology   (fär'mə-kŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of drugs and their effects, especially in the treatment of disease.
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Example sentences
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.
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