apothecary[ə pät̸h′ə ker′ē]
- The definition of an apothecary is the store in which medications are sold.
An example of an apothecary is Rite Aid.
- In England and Ireland, an apothecary is defined as a person who is entrusted to both prescribe medicine and sell it.
An example of an apothecary is Joseph Proust.
- An apothecary is defined as the person in a pharmacy who is trusted to distribute medicine responsibly and accurately.
An example of an apothecary is a pharmacist or druggist.
- a pharmacist or druggist
- a drugstore or pharmacy
Origin of apothecaryMiddle English apotecarie ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin apothecarius, shopkeeper, apothecary (in Late Latin warehouseman) ; from Classical Latin apotheca, storehouse ; from Classical Greek apothēkē ; from apo-, away + tithenai, to put: see do
- One that prepares and sells drugs and other medicines; a pharmacist.
- See pharmacy.
Origin of apothecaryMiddle English apotecarie, from Old French apotecaire and from Medieval Latin apothēcārius, both from Late Latin, clerk, from Latin apothēca, storehouse, from Greek apothēkē : apo-, away; see apo– + thēkē, receptacle; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
From Old French apotecaire, from Medieval Latin apothecarius (“storekeeper”), from apotheca (“shop, store”), earlier Latin apotheca (“repository, storehouse, warehouse”), from Ancient Greek ἀποθήκη (apothēkē, “a repository, storehouse”).