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  • A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments
    A few items unearthed at Jamestown which were used by doctors and apothecaries. Included are drug jars, ointment pot, bleeding bowl, mortar and pestle fragments, glass vials, and portions of surgical instruments
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n apothecary a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Apothecary One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes.☞ In England an apothecary is one of a privileged class of practitioners -- a kind of sub-physician. The surgeon apothecary is the ordinary family medical attendant. One who sells drugs and makes up prescriptions is now commonly called in England a druggist or a pharmaceutical chemist.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apothecary One who practises pharmacy; a skilled person who prepares drugs for medicinal uses and keeps them for sale; a pharmacist. In England and Ireland the term is now specifically applied to a member of an inferior branch of the medical profession, licensed, after examination by the Apothecaries' Company, to practise medicine as well as to sell and dispense drugs. In Scotland, however, as in the United States, an apothecary is simply a pharmacist qualified by examination and license to compound, sell, and dispense medicines. See druggist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apothecary a-poth′ek-ar-i one who prepares and sells drugs for medicinal purposes—a term long since substituted by druggist, although still a legal description for licentiates of the Apothecaries' Society of London, or of the Apothecaries' Hall of Ireland.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. apotecarie, fr. LL. apothecarius, fr. L. apotheca, storehouse, Gr. apo, fr. to put away; from + to put: cf. F. apothicaire, OF. apotecaire,. See Thesis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. and L. from Gr. apothēkē, a storehouse—apo, away, and tithe-nai, to place.


In literature:

These things can be had of the apothecary at the house of Understanding next door to Reason, on Prudent street.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
I visited the apothecaries garden, and also two or three nursery gardens in that neighbourhood, but found nothing remarkable in them.
"A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792" by Richard Twiss
SOME person remarked to him that apothecaries bore the same relation to physicians that attorneys do to barristers.
"The Jest Book" by Mark Lemon
She left the apothecary's and, with serious face, walked on down the street, away from her house.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Even if he had worn Blinders he could not have walked past an Apothecary Shop.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
He even excelled his teacher, Sir Humphry Davy, who was an apprentice to an apothecary.
"How to Succeed" by Orison Swett Marden
You arraign, and perhaps punish, the apothecary who sells by mistake his deadly drug.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
The apothecary was waiting upon a new customer.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
He soon learns the facts of the case, and employs Leander as apothecary.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Chaucer's 'potecary' has given way to a more Greek formation 'apothecary'.
"English Past and Present" by Richard Chevenix Trench
The apothecary inquired who was ill at her master's?
"The Arabian Nights" by Unknown
The sight of Jeffreys was to him like the dead fly in the apothecary's ointment.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
The nostrum-makers have labelled all the features of Nature on the mainland, as if our country were a vast apothecary's shop.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866" by Various
Sir Humphry Davy achieved eminence in spare moments in an attic of an apothecary's shop.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
His snot and spittle a hundred tymes he hath put ouer to hys Apothecarie for snowe water.
"The Unfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton" by Thomas Nash
This Ingram was a young man who had been apprenticed to an apothecary, and had taken to the sea.
"The Privateersman" by Frederick Marryat
He is violent against the apothecaries for their cheats.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The wild swan in question was now an apothecary in Brazil.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I am not an apothecary.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
He was an apothecary, and became a dealer in tea, coffee, and chocolate.
"Notes and Queries, Number 74, March 29, 1851" by Various

In poetry:

A square, squat room (a cellar on promotion),
Drab to the soul, drab to the very daylight;
Plasters astray in unnatural-looking tinware;
Scissors and lint and apothecary's jars.
"Waiting" by William Ernest Henley
Has some rough element of horrid clay
That spoils the earth like lava beds, they say,
Come sliding down, as avalanches do,
And thy fair bosom percolated through?
Or some apothecary's compound vile
Polluted thee so many a murky mile?
"The Sangamon River" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Karen Rose 39, is the owner of Sacered Vibes Apothecary Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (Brian Driscoll).
Sixteenth-century cabinet of curiosities belonging to Ferrante Imperato, an apothecary in Naples.
Apothecary Bar & Lounge, a Philadelphia spot, is redefining bottle service.
A "founders' balcony" with several booths overlooks the apothecary-style bar area/entryway.
At Merz Apothecary in Chicago, one of the largest homeopathic pharmacies in the country, president and co-owner Anthony Qaiyum summed up the thoughts of many homeopathic supporters.
Avik Roy is an equity research analyst at Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co. And blogs on health-care policy at The Apothecary.
Santa Maria Novella apothecary has opened in Bal Harbour Shops.
Aldrich Apothecary Grows Customer Base with Online and Offline Marketing.
Marc Isaacson, owner, Village Green Apothecary.
Courtesy of Cold Spring Apothecary.
Oregon Gov John Kitzhaber poses in the apothecary set for the NBC television series Grimm to celebrate the kickoff for production of their second season in Portland, Ore.
Medicine Mama's Apothecary All-In-One Balm .
Ron Keech works on compound medications at Village Green Apothecary in Bethesda, Md.
When Shalea Walker opened Walker's Apothecary in Jersey City, New Jersey in 2004, it became the fulfillment of her dreams — a boutique focused on achieving and maintaining healthy, great looking skin.