nounplural noun apothecariesarchaic
A person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.‘The growing presence of everyday medical practitioners, like apothecaries and druggists, made magic obsolete.’
- ‘Apothecary planes were used by pharmacists or apothecaries to cut botanical materials into medically usable sizes.’
- ‘The purpose of the Medical Society of London was to provide a meeting place and forum for physicians, surgeons, and apothecaries to present papers and patients and to discuss matters of interest.’
- ‘So even if you don't want to be a pharmacist or an apothecary, even if you're just taking Advanced because your parents made you, this is a good lesson for all of you.’
- ‘Glass bottles at this time were used by apothecaries rather than wine merchants, although the wines produced around Florence were sometimes transported in fiaschi wrapped in straw.’
Late Middle English via Old French from late Latin apothecarius, from Latin apotheca, from Greek apothēkē ‘storehouse’.
Are You Learning English? Here Are Our Top English Tips