pharmacy (2)

GC: n

S: (last access: 4 September 2014); (last access: 6 August 2015).

N: 1. late 14c., “a medicine,” from Old French farmacie “a purgative” (13c.), from Medieval Latin pharmacia, from Greek pharmakeia “use of drugs, medicines, potions, or spells; poisoning, witchcraft; remedy, cure,” from pharmakeus (fem. pharmakis) “preparer of drugs, poisoner, sorcorer” from pharmakon “drug, poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment.” Meaning “use or administration of drugs” is attested from c.1400; that of “place where drugs are prepared and dispensed” is first recorded 1833. The ph- was restored 16c. in French, 17c. in English (see ph).
2. The science or practice of the preparation and dispensing of medicinal drugs.

S: 1. OED – (last access: 4 September 2014). 2. OD – (last access: 4 September 2014).

SYN: pharmaceutics

S: (last access: 6 August 2015)

CR: first-aid kit, medicine cabinet, pharmacology, pharmacy.