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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apothecary  \A*poth"e*ca*ry\,  n.;  pl  {Apothecaries}.  [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}.] 
  One  who  prepares  and  sells  drugs  or  compounds  for  medicinal 
  purposes. 
 
  Note:  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. 
 
  {Apothecaries'  weight},  the  system  of  weights  by  which 
  medical  prescriptions  were  formerly  compounded.  The  pound 
  and  ounce  are  the  same  as  in  Troy  weight;  they  differ  only 
  in  the  manner  of  subdivision.  The  ounce  is  divided  into  8 
  drams,  24  scruples,  480  grains.  See  {Troy  weight}. 




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