phar|ma|ceu|ti|cal [ ,farmə`sutıkl ] adjective
relating to the production or sale of medicines and drugs used for treating medical conditions:
the pharmaceutical industry
a pharmaceutical company/firm

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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