Herbalist vs. Apothecary - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Apothecary

    Apothecary () is one term for a medical professional who formulates and dispenses materia medica to physicians, surgeons, and patients. The modern pharmacist (also colloquially referred to as a chemist in British English) has taken over this role. In some languages and regions, the word "apothecary" is still used to refer to a retail pharmacy or a pharmacist who owns one. Apothecaries' investigation of herbal and chemical ingredients was a precursor to the modern sciences of chemistry and pharmacology. In addition to dispensing herbs and medicine, the apothecary offered general medical advice and a range of services that are now performed by other specialist practitioners, such as surgeons and obstetricians. Apothecary shops sold ingredients and the medicines they prepared wholesale to other medical practitioners, as well as dispensing them to patients. In seventeenth century England, they also controlled the trade of tobacco which was imported as a medicine.

Wiktionary

  • Herbalist (noun)

    A person who treats diseases by means of medicinal herbs.

  • Apothecary (noun)

    A person who makes and provides/sells drugs and/or medicines.

  • Apothecary (noun)

    A drugstore or pharmacy.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Herbalist (noun)

    a practitioner of herbalism.

  • Herbalist (noun)

    a dealer in medicinal herbs.

  • Herbalist (noun)

    a botanical writer.

  • Apothecary (noun)

    a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.

Webster Dictionary

  • Herbalist (noun)

    One skilled in the knowledge of plants; a collector of, or dealer in, herbs, especially medicinal herbs.

  • Apothecary (noun)

    One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Herbalist (noun)

    a therapist who heals by the use of herbs

  • Apothecary (noun)

    a health professional trained in the art of preparing and dispensing drugs

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