1. The art or practice of preparing and preserving drugs, and of compounding and dispensing medicines according to prescriptions of physicians; the occupation of an apothecary or a pharmaceutical chemist.

2. A place where medicines are compounded; a drug store; an apothecary's shop.

Origin: OE. Fermacie, OF. Farmacie, pharmacie, F. Pharmacie, Gr, fr. To administer or use medicines, fr. Medicine.

(01 Mar 1998)