Definition of apothecary in English:


Line breaks: apoth|ecary
Pronunciation: /əˈpɒθɪk(ə)ri

noun (plural apothecaries)

A person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.
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  • The growing presence of everyday medical practitioners, like apothecaries and druggists, made magic obsolete.
  • Apothecary planes were used by pharmacists or apothecaries to cut botanical materials into medically usable sizes.
  • The purpose of the Medical Society of London was to provide a meeting place and forum for physicians, surgeons, and apothecaries to present papers and patients and to discuss matters of interest.


late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin apothecarius, from Latin apotheca, from Greek apothēkē 'storehouse'.

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