Apothecary
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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  • Apothecary — (IPAEng|əˈpɒθɪkəri) is a historical name for a medical professional who formulates and dispenses materia medica to physicians, surgeons and patients a role now served by a pharmacist.In addition to pharmacy responsibilities, the apothecary… …   Wikipedia

  • apothecary — (n.) mid 14c., shopkeeper, especially one who stores, compounds, and sells medicaments, from O.Fr. apotecaire (13c., Mod.Fr. apothicaire), from L.L. apothecarius storekeeper, from L. apotheca storehouse, from Gk. apotheke barn, storehouse, lit. a …   Etymology dictionary

  • apothecary — [ə päth′ə ker΄ē] n. pl. apothecaries [ME apotecarie < OFr < ML apothecarius, shopkeeper, apothecary (in LL, warehouseman) < L apotheca, storehouse < Gr apothēkē < apo , away + tithenai, to put: see DO1] Old fashioned 1. a… …   English World dictionary

  • apothecary — pharmacist, *druggist, chemist …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • apothecary — ► NOUN (pl. apothecaries) archaic ▪ a person who prepared and sold medicines. ORIGIN Latin apothecarius from Greek apoth k storehouse …   English terms dictionary

  • apothecary — [14] Originally, an apothecary was simply a shopkeeper – the word comes via Old French from late Latin apothēcārius, which was based on Greek apothékē ‘storehouse’ (source, via French, of boutique [18] and via Spanish of bodega [19]), a… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • apothecary — UK [əˈpɒθək(ə)rɪ] / US [əˈpɑθəˌkerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms apothecary : singular apothecary plural apothecaries an old word for someone whose job was to prepare and sell medicines …   English dictionary

  • apothecary — [14] Originally, an apothecary was simply a shopkeeper – the word comes via Old French from late Latin apothēcārius, which was based on Greek apothékē ‘storehouse’ (source, via French, of boutique [18] and via Spanish of bodega [19]), a… …   Word origins

  • apothecary — noun /əˈpɒθəkəɹi,əˈpɑθəˌkɛəɻi/ a) A person who makes and provides/sells drugs and/or medicines. O true Apothecarie!Thy drugs are quicke. Thus with a kiſſe I die. b) A drugstore or pharmacy. The Russian people as a whole almost revered the… …   Wiktionary

  • apothecary — [[t]əpɒ̱θɪkri, AM keri[/t]] apothecaries N COUNT An apothecary was a person who prepared medicines for people. [OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

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