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Princeton's WordNet

  1. combination, combining, compoundingnoun

    the act of combining things to form a new whole


  1. Compounding

    In the field of pharmacy, compounding (performed in compounding pharmacies) is preparation of a custom formulation of a medication to fit a unique need of a patient that cannot be met with commercially available products. This may be done for medical reasons, such as administration in a different format (ex: tablet to liquid), to avoid a non-active ingredient the patient is allergic to, or to provide an exact dose that isn't commercially available. Medically necessary compounding is referred to as "traditional" compounding. It may also be done for medically optional reasons, such as preference of flavor or texture, or dietary restrictions. Hospital pharmacies typically engage in compounding medications for intravenous administration, whereas outpatient or community pharmacies typically engage in compounding medications for oral or topical administration. Due to the rising cost of compounding and drug shortages, some hospitals outsource their compounding needs to large-scale compounding pharmacies, particularly of sterile-injectable medications. Compounding preparations of a given formulation, as opposed to preparation for a specific patient, is known as "non-traditional" compounding. Jurisdictions have varying regulations that apply to drug manufacturers and pharmacies that do bulk compounding.


  1. compounding

    Compounding refers to the process in which an asset's earnings, from either capital gains or interest, are reinvested to generate additional earnings over time. This growth, calculated using both the initial principal and the accumulated earnings from preceding periods, can potentially lead to exponential growth of the asset's value. It's commonly used in finance and investing contexts, particularly in relation to interest in savings accounts, investments, and loans.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compounding

    of Compound


  1. Compounding

    Pharmaceutical compounding is the creation of a particular pharmaceutical product to fit the unique needs of a patient. To do this, compounding pharmacists combine or process appropriate ingredients using various tools. This may be done for medically necessary reasons, such as to change the form of the medication from a solid pill to a liquid, to avoid a non-essential ingredient that the patient is allergic to, or to obtain the exact dose needed or deemed best of particular active pharmaceutical ingredient. It may also be done for more optional reasons, such as adding flavors to a medication or otherwise altering taste or texture. Compounding is most routine in the case of intravenous/parenteral medication, typically by hospital pharmacists, but is also offered by privately owned compounding pharmacies and certain retail pharmacies for various forms of medication. Whether routine or rare, intravenous or oral, etc., anytime a given drug product is made or modified to have characteristics that are specifically contemplated for an individual patient – this is known as "traditional" compounding. More recently, drug shortages and cost pressures have sometimes led to a reliance by some hospitals upon larger-scale compounding pharmacies to meet their regular supply needs, particularly for sterile-injectable medications. When "compounding" gets used for in effect small-or-medium-scale mass-production of a given product rather than patient-specific production, such "non-traditional" compounding raises new concerns about safety and proper regulatory oversight.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of compounding in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of compounding in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of compounding in a Sentence

  1. Franki Anthony Dass:

    The recent haze would have a similar compounding impact with the prolonged dry period affecting fruits and disrupting oil extraction as well as crop production.

  2. Susann Crawford:

    Consistency- you can't buy it. It can only be created at the individual level in the moment, moment to moment through the law of compounding.

  3. James Scott:

    There's a compounding and unraveling chaos that is perpetually in motion in the Dark Web's toxic underbelly.

  4. Tadamichi Yamamoto:

    Compounding the callous disregard for the lives of civilians, the killing appears to be part of a wholly unacceptable effort by extremists to deter Afghan citizens from carrying out their constitutional right to take part in elections.

  5. Benjamin Breyer:

    Compounding these physiologic issues are complex social and relational challenges that meet the veteran when they return home to established relationships, if you’re suffering from depression or PTSD, it’s more difficult to relate to your spouse, which can strain the relationship and diminish sexual wellness.

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