Definitions for apothecaryəˈpɒθ əˌkɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•poth•e•car•yəˈpɒθ əˌkɛr i(n.)(pl.)-car•ies.

  1. a druggist; pharmacist.

  2. a pharmacy; drugstore.

Origin of apothecary:

1325–75; ME (< OF) < ML apothēcārius seller of spices and drugs, LL: shopkeeper

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pharmacist, druggist, chemist, apothecary, pill pusher, pill roller(noun)

    a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs


  1. apothecary(Noun)

    A person who makes and provides/sells drugs and/or medicines.

  2. apothecary(Noun)

    A drugstore or pharmacy.

  3. apothecary(Noun)

    Supplies for spells, especially herbal ones or spells

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apothecary(noun)

    one who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes


  1. Apothecary

    Apothecary is a historical name for a medical professional who formulates and dispenses materia medica to physicians, surgeons and patients — a role now served by a pharmacist and some caregivers. In addition to pharmacy responsibilities, the apothecary offered general medical advice and a range of services that are now performed solely by other specialist practitioners, such as surgery and midwifery. Apothecaries often operated through a retail shop which, in addition to ingredients for medicines, sold tobacco and patent medicines. In its investigation of herbal and chemical ingredients, the work of an apothecary may be regarded as a precursor of the modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology, prior to the formulation of the scientific method.


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