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pharmaceutical

noun [C, usually plural]
 
 
/ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪkəl/ US   /ˌfɑrməˈsuːtɪkəl/
a medicine: Pharmaceuticals account for 10% of the country's non-oil exports.
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET shares in companies connected with the production of medicines: Pharmaceuticals rose and airline stocks fell after the outbreak of swine flu.
→ See also generic pharmaceuticals
(Definition of pharmaceutical noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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