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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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  • Encouraging the view that smoked plants are acceptable forms of medication harkens a return to pre-scientific pharmacology.
  • But advances in neurology, and especially in pharmacology, have called such therapy into question.
  • It seems you are not too familiar with organic chemical synthesis and pharmacology.
  • My interest in pharmacology has spawned a personal museum of mortars, pestles and old medicine bottles.
  • Each species of bacteria may have unique biochemistry that might be of interest in agriculture or pharmacology.
  • She is planning to go on to graduate school to study pharmacology and medicinal plant research.
  • pharmacology is fiercely, if somewhat belatedly, at work hunting new antimicrobial strategies.
  • There is much psychobabble and almost no discussion of pharmacology.
  • He was able to help patients control their asthma and other severe chronic allergies with minimal to no pharmacology.
  • It would also improve the amount and quality of clinical research in botanical pharmacology.
British Dictionary definitions for pharmacology


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 pharmacology

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

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pharmacology 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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pharmacology in Science
The scientific study of drugs and their effects, especially in the treatment of disease.
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