Definition of pharma in English:


Syllabification: phar·ma
Pronunciation: /ˈfärmə


  • 1 (often in phrase big pharma) Pharmaceutical companies collectively as a sector of industry.
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    • The effective cure of the biggest killer in the Western world would have been a triumph for mankind, medicine, and big pharma.
    • Academia does more basic research than pharma; pharma does more clinical work than academia.
    • Among the many wiles exposed are big pharma's use of contract research organisations to exert undue influence over clinical research and its insidious seduction of doctors.
  • 2A pharmaceutical company.
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    • Weighing up the risks, Pfizer faces the normal development delays and setbacks which pharmas encounter with regard to the timing, efficacy and market potential of new products.
    • The big pharmas are always whining that their drugs have to cost so much because their R & D costs are so high.
    • ‘Most pharmas sell chemically produced products,’ he said.

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