A pharmacy is where you go when you need to fill a prescription for medicine. Hospitals have pharmacies, but you can also find retail pharmacies in most cities and towns.

The technique of making medicine and dispensing it is also known as pharmacy, and people who practice this kind of science are pharmacists. If your doctor diagnoses an infection, it's your friendly neighborhood pharmacist who measures your antibiotics, packages them for you, and instructs you on how much and how often to take them. The Greek root is pharmakeia, which means "medicines or cure," but also "witchcraft, spells, or potions."

Definitions of pharmacy

n a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold

apothecary's shop, chemist's, chemist's shop, drugstore
Type of:
shop, store
a mercantile establishment for the retail sale of goods or services

n the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines

Type of:
medical specialty, medicine
the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.