Definition of pharmacy in US English:

pharmacy

noun

  • 1A store where medicinal drugs are dispensed and sold.

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

Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

pharmacy

/ˈfärməsē//ˈfɑrməsi/