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  4  definitions  found 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apothecary 
  n  :  a  health  professional  trained  in  the  art  of  preparing  and 
  dispensing  drugs  [syn:  {pharmacist},  {druggist},  {chemist}, 
  {pill  pusher},  {pill  roller}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Apothecary 
  rendered  in  the  margin  and  the  Revised  Version  "perfumer,"  in 
  Ex  30:25;  37:29;  Eccl.  10:1.  The  holy  oils  and  ointments  were 
  prepared  by  priests  properly  qualified  for  this  office.  The 
  feminine  plural  form  of  the  Hebrew  word  is  rendered 
  confectionaries"  in  1  Sam.  8:13. 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  APOTHECARY,  n.  The  physician's  accomplice,  undertaker's  benefactor 
  and  grave  worm's  provider. 
 
  When  Jove  sent  blessings  to  all  men  that  are 
  And  Mercury  conveyed  them  in  a  jar, 
  That  friend  of  tricksters  introduced  by  stealth 
  Disease  for  the  apothecary's  health, 
  Whose  gratitude  impelled  him  to  proclaim: 
  "My  deadliest  drug  shall  bear  my  patron's  name!" 
  G.J. 
 
 




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