pharmaceutical 1640s (pharmaceutic in the same sense is from 1540s), from L. pharmaceuticus "of drugs," from Gk. pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs, poisoner," from pharmakon "medicine, poison."

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