Definition of pharmaceutical in English:


Line breaks: pharma|ceut¦ical
Pronunciation: /ˌfɑːməˈsuːtɪk(ə)l
, -ˈsjuː-/


  • Relating to medicinal drugs, or their preparation, use, or sale: a pharmaceutical drug the pharmaceutical industry
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    • From the perspective of the pharmaceutical industry, statins are an ideal group of drugs.
    • The organisation believes that the pharmaceutical industry is willing to lower the price of antimalarial drugs.
    • The pharmaceutical industry has little incentive to develop new drugs for use primarily in developing countries.


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  • 1A compound manufactured for use as a medicinal drug: pharmaceuticals and cosmetics [as modifier]: pharmaceuticals companies
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    • Bioprospecting is one avenue for the discovery of novel pharmaceuticals, especially antibiotics.
    • Some biologists may only work in silico, searching the databases for novel ways to make vitamins or pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics.
    • Can you tell us more about this herb, especially what other antidepressants or pharmaceuticals should be avoided?
  • 1.1 (pharmaceuticals) Shares in companies manufacturing medicinal drugs: the drugs group lost 6p and other pharmaceuticals were also dragged lower
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    • Finally, it's a big week for the pharmaceuticals with no less than five biotechs reporting results.
    • Analysts expect cross-border mergers and acquisitions to intensify in areas like pharmaceuticals and software.
    • We have clients in most sectors, including finance, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and government.



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  • Moreover, many fatal overdoses occur because polydrug users deliberately use multiples of the therapeutic dose of pharmaceutically pure drugs, such as benzodiazepines and methadone.
  • Treating depression during pregnancy pharmaceutically has always presented problems for WLL because of the scantiness of reliable information on the effects of antidepressants on the baby.
  • There are now pharmaceutically available brands of natural progesterone, natural estrogen.


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  • Many pharmacy schools/colleges, new and established, have very few or no faculty members in the areas of pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, and/or medicinal chemistry at present.
  • The professional pharmacy curriculum focuses mostly on drug interactions, pharmaceutics, drug products, and diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • In addition, DNA condensation is becoming important for pharmaceutics, because the formation of compact particles is one of the possible ways for DNA delivery in gene therapy.


mid 17th century: via late Latin from Greek pharmakeutikos (from pharmakeutēs 'druggist', from pharmakon 'drug') + -al.

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