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Dispensary vs. Pharmacy

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Main Difference

The main difference between Dispensary and Pharmacy is that the Dispensary is a organization that dispenses medications, medical supplies, and in some cases even medical treatment and Pharmacy is a academic discipline studying preparation and dispensation of medicines.

Wikipedia
  • Dispensary (noun)

    A place or room where something is dispensed.

  • Dispensary (noun)

    A room or vehicle specifically designed for the dispensing of drugs; a pharmacy.

  • Dispensary (noun)

    An institution that dispenses medical supplies and advice.

  • Pharmacy (noun)

    A place where prescription drugs are dispensed; a dispensary.

  • Pharmacy (noun)

    The science of medicinal substances comprising pharmaceutics, pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmacology, phytochemistry and forensics.

  • Pharmacy (noun)

    The occupation of a pharmacist.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Dispensary (noun)

    A place where medicines are prepared and dispensed; esp., a place where the poor can obtain medical advice and medicines gratuitously or at a nominal price.

  • Dispensary (noun)

    A dispensatory.

  • Pharmacy (noun)

    The art or practice of preparing and preserving drugs, and of compounding and dispensing medicines according to prescriptions of physicians; the occupation of an apothecary or a pharmaceutical chemist.

  • Pharmacy (noun)

    A place where medicines are compounded; a drug store; an apothecary's shop.

Webster Dictionary
  • Dispensary (noun)

    clinic where medicine and medical supplies are dispensed

  • Pharmacy (noun)

    the art and science of preparing and dispensing drugs and medicines,

  • Pharmacy (noun)

    a retail shop where medicine and other articles are sold

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