from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that prepares and sells drugs and other medicines; a pharmacist.
  • n. See pharmacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who makes and provides/sells drugs and/or medicines.
  • n. A drugstore or pharmacy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who practises pharmacy; a skilled person who prepares drugs for medicinal uses and keeps them for sale; a pharmacist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French apotecaire, from Medieval Latin apothecarius ("storekeeper"), from apotheca ("shop, store"), earlier Latin apotheca ("repository, storehouse, warehouse"), from Ancient Greek ἀποθήκη (apothēkē, "a repository, storehouse"), from ἀποτίθημι (apotithēmi, "to put away"), from ἀπό (apo, "away") (English apo-, PIE cognate to of) + τίθημι (tithēmi, "to put") (PIE cognate of English do). (Wiktionary)



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