One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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 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.’
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’.
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