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pharmaceutical

adjective [not gradable]  /ˌfɑr·məˈsu·t̬ɪ·kəl/ us  
connected with the science, preparation, and production of medicines: the pharmaceutical industry

pharmaceutical

noun [C]  /ˌfɑr·məˈsu·t̬ɪ·kəl/ us  
a drug that is made by a big drug company: Dozens of pharmaceuticals have been detected in minute quantities in treated wastewater. infml A pharmaceutical is also a big drug company: Don't expect major pharmaceuticals to let reforms pass without a well-funded political fight.
(Definition of pharmaceutical from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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