Definition of pharmacy in English:



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

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


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’.