Definition of pharmacy in English:



  • 1A shop or hospital dispensary where medicinal drugs are prepared or sold.

    ‘the local pharmacy’
    • ‘You can buy the pills at some private clinics and from most pharmacies.’
    • ‘St. John's Wort is a popular complementary medicine, available in health food stores and pharmacies.’
    • ‘Herbal cigarettes, sold in pharmacies and health stores, have a very limited market.’
    • ‘Dutch pharmacies are allowed to prepare their own formulations and to modify commercial preparations.’
    • ‘They can be bought over-the-counter at pharmacies and health food shops.’
    • ‘Young women aged 16 and over can obtain emergency contraception over the counter at pharmacies.’
    • ‘First aid kits are readily available from Boots and other pharmacies in a range of sizes.’
    • ‘Currently, the licensing of pharmacies is regulated by the local health authority, or primary care trust as it is at the moment.’
    • ‘You can buy a range of essential oils over the counter in pharmacies, health food shops and even supermarkets.’
    • ‘Individual tablets are being sold in pharmacies without appropriate diagnosis or supervision.’
    • ‘A range of shampoos, emollient products and some topical steroid preparations can be bought from pharmacies.’
    • ‘Green and herbal tea can be found in pharmacies and other types are prevalent at the local supermarket.’
    • ‘At the doses recommended on products available in pharmacies and health food shops, the ingredients appear to be safe.’
    • ‘Hyoscine is available as tablets that can be bought without a prescription from pharmacies.’
    • ‘Folic acid tablets can be obtained from pharmacies, large supermarkets, health food stores and by prescription.’
    • ‘What we are doing is offering an extension of the family planning service within the pharmacies.’
    • ‘Organ Donor Cards and Factfiles are available at all pharmacies and doctors' surgeries.’
    • ‘It should not be sold over the counter at pharmacies without a prescription though.’
    • ‘A variety of creams, gels, paints and medicated plasters are available from pharmacies.’
    • ‘Remedies specifically for teething are available from pharmacies, supermarkets and health food stores.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]The science or practice of the preparation and dispensing of medicinal drugs.
      ‘courses in pharmacy’
      • ‘As Langenheim demonstrates, the list of uses of resins in folk medicine and pharmacy alone is huge.’
      • ‘Ever mindful of his training in pharmacy he did not fail to criticise what he saw as defects in The London Pharmacopoeia.’


Late Middle English (denoting the administration of drugs): from Old French farmacie, via medieval Latin from Greek pharmakeia practice of the druggist, based on pharmakon drug.