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pharmaceutical

noun [C]    /ˌfɑr·məˈsu·t̬ɪ·kəl/
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 noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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