Definitions of apothecary

  1. a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
  2. One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes.
  3. One who prepares and sells medicines and drugs for profit: apothecaries' weight, the weight used for dispensing drugs, and comprising the pound ( 12 ounces), the ounce ( 8 drachms), the drachm ( 3 scruples), the scruple ( 20 grains), and the grain.
  4. 1. Pharmacist, druggist. 2. In England, a medical practitioner, licensed by the Society of Apothecaries of London to practise medicine and dispense drugs; in Ireland one similarly licensed by the Apothecaries Hall of Ireland.
  5. A druggist; one who retails drugs.
  6. One who dispenses medicine.
  7. A dispenser of medicines.
  8. One who sells and compounds drugs; a druggist.
  9. One who prepares and sells medicines; an inferior practitioner.
  10. One who prepares and sells drugs as medicines.

Usage examples for apothecary

  1. In the evening came Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten to see me, and Sir J. Minnes advises me to the same thing, but would not have me take anything from the apothecary, but from him, his Venice treacle being better than the others, which I did consent to and did anon take and fell into a great sweat, and about 10 or 11 o'clock came out of it and shifted myself, and slept pretty well alone, my wife lying in the red chamber above. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. O heaven, there stood Mary, weeping on Doctor Bates's arm, while that miserable apothecary was looking at me with the utmost scorn. – The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray
  3. He recovered, and again proceeded in his search of employment, which he at length found with an apothecary. – Self Help by Samuel Smiles
  4. Well, you'll see, resumes Caroline, I shall be sick, and you will pay the apothecary and the doctor as much as the price of a horse. – The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete by Honore de Balzac
  5. My hope is that she will get to dislike that as much as she does nursing and apothecary work, and to find out that her real duty is to live like an ordinary human being, and so make herself and other people truly happy." – The House of Martha by Frank R. Stockton
  6. The apothecary with his bottles provides a chart of the scene of the boy- and- girl adventures; the professional gravities of the parson put an edge on the memory of the dear indiscretions; " summer's distillation," to borrow a word from Shakespeare, makes faint the odour of the bottle labelled " Ether"; the mummy wheat from the coffin of old desire sprouts up and waves its green pennons. – Robert Browning by Edward Dowden
  7. The real trial arrives when a little strength comes back to him, and his landlady begins to worry him for her rent, and the lodging- house drudge gets tired of pitying him, and the apothecary sends in his bill, and the wretched high- road lies bare and broad before him, and he hears the old order to move on. – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  8. It is the sermon he died of, and not old age, as the apothecary said. –  by
  9. Say but the word, Walter, and I'll draw these staples as the apothecary pulls out an offending tooth. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  10. Curiosity was satisfied at eight o'clock in the evening, for at that hour Doctor Paracelsus Aesculapius, as he fantastically called himself, opened the doors of his traveling apothecary shop and exposed his " universal panacea" for sale, while at the same time, " Pepeeta, the Queen of Fortune Tellers," entered her booth and spread out upon a table the paraphernalia by which she undertook to discover the secrets of the future. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  11. He said he was the son of an apothecary. – In the Track of the Troops by R.M. Ballantyne
  12. He decided on assuming the name of his friend the apothecary round the corner, up the street facing over against the Wheatsheaf. – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan
  13. The apothecary pretended to think the young lady had been made sick by the smell of the shop. – Tales & Novels, Vol. IX [Contents: Harrington; Thoughts on Bores; Ormond] by Maria Edgeworth
  14. It was pointed out to me that most of the telegraph- posts were struck by lightning; no wonder; for that king of natural forces, that for so many thousands of years has reigned supreme- splitting the granite rock, and shivering the mighty oak at his will- now to be brought into existence at the will of an apothecary boy, placed in two cups and locked up in a cupboard, and then made travel day and night, over hill and dale, and under the vast ocean, to carry messages at the bidding of man,- no wonder, I say, that he should try and knock the whole concern into a cocked hat! – Canadian Eclipse Party 1869 by Commander E. D. Ashe
  15. The translation is by Peter Boener, an apothecary of Nymegen, Holland, who was in Bacon's service for some years as domestic apothecary, and occasional amanuensis, and quitted his employment in 1623. Boener added a Life of Bacon which is a mere fragment, but contains testimony by a personal attendant which is of value. – The Mystery of Francis Bacon by William T. Smedley
  16. I learned from an old apothecary in the village that there was a bald man in evening dress, giving the name of Green, who came to him one night to have a three- cornered cut on his forehead plastered. – The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton
  17. If he could not obtain employment with an apothecary, he would do something else. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins
  18. Julian, Ray, and Norris went sight- seeing, while Marat, Robert, and I made our way to the apothecary shop. – The Voodoo Gold Trail by Walter Walden
  19. An apothecary of kin to the accusers was sued by a rich young lady of the town for speaking of her as the vicar’ s mistress. – La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet
  20. The apothecary had her in, and questioned her while we ate. – The Voodoo Gold Trail by Walter Walden