Apothecaries' weight
Apothecary A*poth"e*ca*ry, n.; pl. {Apothecaries}. [OE. apotecarie, fr. LL. apothecarius, fr. L. apotheca storehouse, Gr. apo, fr. ? to put away; ? from + ? to put: cf. F. apothicaire, OF. apotecaire. See {Thesis}.] One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes. [1913 Webster]

Note: In England an apothecary is one of a privileged class of practitioners -- a kind of sub-physician. The surgeon apothecary is the ordinary family medical attendant. One who sells drugs and makes up prescriptions is now commonly called in England a druggist or a pharmaceutical chemist. [1913 Webster]

{Apothecaries' weight}, the system of weights by which medical prescriptions were formerly compounded. The pound and ounce are the same as in Troy weight; they differ only in the manner of subdivision. The ounce is divided into 8 drams, 24 scruples, 480 grains. See {Troy weight}. [1913 Webster]


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  • apothecaries'weight — n. A system of weights used in pharmacy and based on an ounce equal to 480 grains and a pound equal to 12 ounces. It has been largely replaced by measures of the metric system. * * * …   Universalium

  • apothecaries' weight — n a system of weights used chiefly by pharmacists in compounding medical prescriptions that include the pound of 12 ounces, the dram of 60 grains, and the scruple * * * a system of weights used in compounding prescriptions, based on the grain (64 …   Medical dictionary

  • apothecaries' weight — n. a system of weights no longer used in modern pharmacy: see the table of weights and measures in the Reference Supplement …   English World dictionary

  • apothecaries' weight — noun any weight unit used in pharmacy; an ounce is equal to 480 grains and a pound is equal to 12 ounces • Syn: ↑apothecaries unit • Hypernyms: ↑weight unit, ↑weight • Hyponyms: ↑grain, ↑scruple, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • apothecaries' weight — a system of weights used chiefly in compounding and dispensing drugs: 20 grains = 1 scruple; 3 scruples = 1 dram; 8 drams = 1 ounce; 12 ounces = 1 pound. The grain, ounce, and pound are the same as in troy weight, the grain alone being the same… …   Universalium

  • apothecaries' weight — noun Date: 1765 a system of weights used chiefly by pharmacists called also apothecary weight see weight table …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • apothecaries' weight — apoth′ecaries weight n. wam a system of weights used chiefly in compounding and dispensing drugs …   From formal English to slang

  • apothecaries' weight — /əˈpɒθəkriz weɪt/ (say uh pothuhkreez wayt) noun a system of weights formerly used in compounding and dispensing drugs …   Australian English dictionary

  • Weight — Weight, n. [OE. weght, wight, AS. gewiht; akin to D. gewigt, G. gewicht, Icel. v[ae]tt, Sw. vigt, Dan. v[ae]gt. See {Weigh}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality of being heavy; that property of bodies by which they tend toward the center of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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