apothecary


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a·poth·e·car·y

 (ə-pŏth′ĭ-kĕr′ē)
n. pl. a·poth·e·car·ies
1. One that prepares and sells drugs and other medicines; a pharmacist.
2. See pharmacy.

[Middle English apotecarie, from Old French apotecaire and from Medieval Latin apothēcārius, both from Late Latin, clerk, from Latin apothēca, storehouse, from Greek apothēkē : apo-, away; see apo- + thēkē, receptacle; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

apothecary

(əˈpɒθɪkərɪ)
n, pl -caries
1. (Pharmacology) an archaic word for pharmacist
2. (Law) law a chemist licensed by the Society of Apothecaries of London to prescribe, prepare, and sell drugs
[C14: from Old French apotecaire, from Late Latin apothēcārius warehouseman, from apothēca, from Greek apothēkē storehouse]

a•poth•e•car•y

(əˈpɒθ əˌkɛr i)

n., pl. -car•ies.
1. a druggist; pharmacist.
2. a pharmacy; drugstore.
[1325–75; Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin apothēcārius seller of spices and drugs, Late Latin: shopkeeper]

apothecary

1. apharmacy.
2. a pharmacist.
See also: Drugs
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apothecary - a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugsapothecary - a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
caregiver, health care provider, health professional, PCP, primary care provider - a person who helps in identifying or preventing or treating illness or disability
pharmaceutical chemist, pharmacologist - someone trained in the science of drugs (their composition and uses and effects)
Translations
apotekaapotekarljekarnaljekarnik
patikapatikus
apótekapótekari
lekarna

apothecary

(o.f.) [əˈpɒθɪkərɪ] Nboticario m

apothecary

[əˈpɒθɪkri] (old-fashioned) napothicaire m

apothecary

n (old)Apotheker(in) m(f); apothecaries’ weights and measuresApothekergewichte und -maße

apothecary

[əˈpɒθɪkərɪ] nfarmacista m/f
References in classic literature ?
There was another old woman watching by the bed; the parish apothecary's apprentice was standing by the fire, making a toothpick out of a quill.
The duke and duchess were extremely glad to see how readily Don Quixote fell in with their scheme; but at this moment Sancho observed, "I hope this senora duenna won't be putting any difficulties in the way of the promise of my government; for I have heard a Toledo apothecary, who talked like a goldfinch, say that where duennas were mixed up nothing good could happen.
'That is indeed a good price!' said Big Klaus; and, hurrying home, he took an axe and killed his grandmother, laid her in the cart, and drove off to the apothecary's, and asked whether he wanted to buy a dead body.
Bute thought it was her duty to inform the physician, and the apothecary, and the dame-de-compagnie, and the domestics, that Miss Crawley was in a most critical state, and that they were to act accordingly.
Nay, he would sometimes retire hither to take his beer, and it was not without difficulty that he was prevented from forcing Jones to take his beer too: for no quack ever held his nostrum to be a more general panacea than he did this; which, he said, had more virtue in it than was in all the physic in an apothecary's shop.
Jennings's advice, of sending for the Palmers' apothecary.
Reed, I presume, from after-occurrences, that the apothecary ventured to recommend my being sent to school; and the recommendation was no doubt readily enough adopted; for as Abbot said, in discussing the subject with Bessie when both sat sewing in the nursery one night, after I was in bed, and, as they thought, asleep, "Missis was, she dared say, glad enough to get rid of such a tiresome, ill- conditioned child, who always looked as if she were watching everybody, and scheming plots underhand." Abbot, I think, gave me credit for being a sort of infantine Guy Fawkes.
Wandering thus about, I knew not whither, I passed by an apothecary's shop in Leadenhall Street, when I saw lie on a stool just before the counter a little bundle wrapped in a white cloth; beyond it stood a maid-servant with her back to it, looking towards the top of the shop, where the apothecary's apprentice, as I suppose, was standing upon the counter, with his back also to the door, and a candle in his hand, looking and reaching up to the upper shelf for something he wanted, so that both were engaged mighty earnestly, and nobody else in the shop.
to be a poet, and to reap the success of an apothecary! It is true that Homerus begged through the Greek towns, and that Naso died in exile among the Muscovites.
The parties to this undertaking were John Holcomb, an apothecary; Wilson Merle, a lawyer, and Andrus C.
What with the ship's surgeon and this other doctor, our only danger will be from drug or pill; more by token, as there is a lot of apothecary's stuff aboard, which I traded for with a Spanish vessel.
It was an afternoon of distress, and Anne had every thing to do at once; the apothecary to send for, the father to have pursued and informed, the mother to support and keep from hysterics, the servants to control, the youngest child to banish, and the poor suffering one to attend and soothe; besides sending, as soon as she recollected it, proper notice to the other house, which brought her an accession rather of frightened, enquiring companions, than of very useful assistants.