What is the difference between pharmacist and apothecary?

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Pharmacist is a synonym of apothecary.


As nouns the difference between pharmacist and apothecary

is that pharmacist is (pharmacy) a professional who dispenses prescription drugs in a hospital or retail pharmacy while apothecary is a person who makes and provides/sells drugs and/or medicines.

pharmacist

Noun

(en noun)
  • (pharmacy) A professional who dispenses prescription drugs in a hospital or retail pharmacy.
  • (pharmacy, academic) One who studies pharmacy.
  • apothecary

    English

    Noun

    (apothecaries)
  • A person who makes and provides/sells drugs and/or medicines.
  • * , scene 3 (First Folio ed.)
  • O true Apothecarie !
    Thy drugs are quicke. Thus with a ki??e I die.
  • A drugstore or pharmacy.
  • * 1919 , S.A., “Pharmacy in Russia”, in Soviet Russia , volume 1, number 27, page 6:
  • The Russian people as a whole almost revered the apothecary , and they entered it as they would enter a sanctum.
  • * 1998 , Karen Holliday Tanner, Doc Holliday: A Family Portrait , University of Oklahoma Press (2001), ISBN 978-0-8061-3320-1, pages 205–206:
  • He was befriended by a local druggist, Jay Miller, who worked at the apothecary at the corner of Sixth and Harrison Street.
  • * 2001 , Audrey Horning, “Archeology and the Science of Discovery”, in Barbara Heath et al., Jamestown Archeological Assessment , U.S. National Parks Service, page 31:
  • Seeds found in a 1630s refuse-filled clay borrow pit, located near an apothecary , illustrate colonists (SIC) intense interest in experimenting with the medicinal qualities of New World plants.

    Synonyms

    * (person who makes and sells drugs) druggist, pharmacist, chemist * (store that sells drugs) drugstore; pharmacy; apothecary's shop, apothecary's (UK)

    See also

    * (Apothecary) * (Pharmacy)