Definition of “pharmaceutical” - English Dictionary

“pharmaceutical” in American English

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pharmaceuticaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˌfɑr·məˈsu·t̬ɪ·kəl/

connected with the science, preparation, and production of medicines:

the pharmaceutical industry

pharmaceuticalnoun [ C ]

us /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” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“pharmaceutical” in Business English

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pharmaceuticaladjective

uk /ˌfɑːməˈsjuːtɪkəl/ us /ˌfɑrməˈsuːtɪkəl/

connected with the production of medicines:

the pharmaceutical industry
a pharmaceutical company/product/journal
The British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca employs about 5,000 people in the town.

pharmaceuticalnoun [ C, usually plural ]

uk /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.

(Definition of “pharmaceutical” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)