apothecary

apothecary
noun (plural -caries) Etymology: Middle English apothecarie, from Medieval Latin apothecarius, from Late Latin, shopkeeper, from Latin apotheca storehouse, from Greek apothēkē, from apotithenai to put away, from apo- + tithenai to put — more at do Date: 14th century 1. one who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes 2. pharmacy

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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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