Polypharmacy Pol`y*phar"ma*cy, n. [Poly- + Gr. ? the using of medicine, fr. ? medicine: cf. F. polypharmacie.] (Med.) (a) The act or practice of prescribing too many medicines. (b) A prescription made up of many medicines or ingredients. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

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