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pharmacology Syllabification: phar·ma·col·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌfärməˈkäləjē/

Definition of pharmacology in English:


The branch of medicine concerned with the uses, effects, and modes of action of drugs.
Example sentences
  • The main thrust of the book is to describe the toxicology and pharmacology of herbal products.
  • The harm to benefit ratio varies according to the condition being treated, the drug's pharmacology, and the availability and safety of other therapeutic options.
  • Most ADRs were predictable from the known pharmacology of the drugs and many represented known interactions and are therefore likely to be preventable.


Pronunciation: /ˌfärməkəˈläjik/
Example sentences
  • When the morphine alkaloid was identified as the active ingredient in opium, pharmacologic production of opiates became possible.
  • Combining a cytochrome P450 inhibitor with a substrate can potentiate the pharmacologic effects of the substrate.
  • With minor differences, atorvastatin exhibits similar pharmacologic characteristics as other statins.
Pronunciation: /ˌfärməˈkäləjəst/
Example sentences
  • Chemists and pharmacologists can alter a drug to decrease its entry into the central nervous system and avoid sleepiness as with the newer antihistamines.
  • Collaborations between marine chemists, molecular pharmacologists, and cell biologists have yielded an impressive library of potentially useful cancer, viral, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, and CNS drugs.
  • The authors are clinical pharmacologists with long experience of caring for patients with, and collating information on, adverse drug reactions.


Early 18th century: from modern Latin pharmacologia, from Greek pharmakon 'drug'.

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