Definition of Apothecary

1. Noun. A health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs.

Definition of Apothecary

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

Definition of Apothecary

1. Noun. (context: now historical) A person who makes and provides/sells drugs and/or medicines. ¹

2. Noun. (context: nonstandard now historical) A drugstore or pharmacy. ¹

3. Noun. (context: Wicca) Supplies for spells, especially herbal ones or spells ¹

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Definition of Apothecary

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Medical Definition of Apothecary

1. One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes. 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. 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. Origin: OE. Apotecarie, fr. LL. Apothecarius, fr. L. Apotheca storehouse, Gr. Apo, fr. To put away; from + to put: cf. F. Apothicaire, OF. Apotecaire. (06 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Apothecary

apothecaries' ounce
apothecaries' pound
apothecaries' system
apothecaries' unit
apothecaries' weight
apothecary (current term)
apothecary's Latin
apothecary's bill
apothecary's shop

Literary usage of Apothecary

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Courts of Exchequer by Great Britain Court of Exchequer, Roger Meeson, William Newland Welsby, John Innes Clark Hare, Great Britain Court of Exchequer Chamber, Horace Binney Wallace (1849)
"404 apothecary. Certificate must be proved.,]—1. Since the rules of HT, 4 Will. 4, in an action brought by an apothecary, for work and labour as an ..."

2. A Practical Treatise of the Law of Evidence, and Digest of Proofs, in Civil by Thomas Starkie (1891)
"whether the defendant had practised as an apothecary previous to the 1st of August 1810, it was held, that the incapacity, proved on the defendant, ..."

3. A Practical and Elementary Abridgment of the Cases Argued and Determined in by Charles Petersdorff, Elisha Hammond (1829)
"i • • were then the exemption had practised as an apothecary он the \sloj August ... So the 21st section, which enacts " that no apothecary th»i to shall be ..."

4. The Law of Pleading and Evidence in Civil Actions: Arranged Alphabetically by John Simcoe Saunders (1844)
"THE form of remedy by an apothecary or surgeon, for his bill for medicines and attendance,is by action of assumpsit or debt: see ..."

5. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, John Morley, Mowbray Morris, George Grove (1865)
"The life of an apothecary of that period, in his shop in the quiet pass-grown High Street of ... The fact is, this apothecary was a traveller in his youth, ..."

6. A Digest of the Laws of England by Anthony Hammond, John Comyns (1826)
"20., and contended that he was within the exception, as having 1Te prior to August 1st, 1815, actually practised as an apothecary. Held, that it was proper ..."

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