"You canker blossom!" 3 Shakespearean Insults


[fahr-muh-see] /ˈfɑr mə si/
noun, plural pharmacies.
Also called pharmaceutics. the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines.
a drugstore.
Origin of pharmacy
1645-55; earlier pharmacia < Medieval Latin < Greek pharmakeía druggist's work. See pharmaco-, -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for pharmacy
  • Other barriers include excess paper work and phone calls to send results to patients and prescriptions to the pharmacy.
  • Our doctors only study forty hours of pharmacy in four years of medical school.
  • It has cut costs with a basic approach: it has no canteens and outsources laboratory tests and pharmacy services.
  • Its more of a rush to the pharmacy, followed by particularly unmedicinal effects.
  • Don sells cigarettes at his pharmacy, because he believes that people have the right to do unhealthy things.
  • Seconds later, the printer in the hospital pharmacy spits out the order.
  • They went through so many drugs that the crash cart was emptied out and runners came and went from pharmacy bringing extras.
British Dictionary definitions for pharmacy


noun (pl) -cies
Also called pharmaceutics. the practice or art of preparing and dispensing drugs
a dispensary
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia making of drugs, from pharmakon drug
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pharmacy

late 14c., "a medicine," from Old French farmacie "a purgative" (13c.), from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia "use of drugs, medicines, potions, or spells; poisoning, witchcraft; remedy, cure," from pharmakeus (fem. pharmakis) "preparer of drugs, poisoner, sorcorer" from pharmakon "drug, poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment." Meaning "use or administration of drugs" is attested from c.1400; that of "place where drugs are prepared and dispensed" is first recorded 1833. The ph- was restored 16c. in French, 17c. in English (see -ph-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
pharmacy in Medicine

pharmacy phar·ma·cy (fär'mə-sē)

  1. The art of preparing and dispensing drugs.

  2. A place where drugs are sold; a drugstore. Also called apothecary.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pharmacy

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pharmacy

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with pharmacy