[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.
noun (pl) -cies
Also called pharmaceutics. the practice or art of preparing and dispensing drugs
a dispensary

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-).

pharmacy phar·ma·cy (fär’mə-sē)


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