dispensary

1. A physician's office, especially the office of one who dispenses medicines. 2. The office of a hospital pharmacist, where medicines are given out on physicians' orders. 3. An outpatient department of a hospital. [L. dis-penso, pp. -atus, to distribute by weight, fr. penso, to weigh]

* * *

dis·pen·sa·ry dis-'pen(t)s-(ə-)rē n, pl -ries a place where medicine or medical or dental treatment is dispensed

* * *

n.
a place where medicines are made up by a pharmacist according to the doctor's prescription and dispensed to patients. A dispensary is often part of an out-patient department in a hospital.

* * *

dis·pen·sa·ry (dis-penґsə-re) [L. dispensarium, from dispensare to dispense] 1. a place where medical or dental skill, treatment, and remedies are provided for the indigent ambulant sick at little or no cost to them. 2. any place where drugs and medicines are actually dispensed.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dispensary — Dis*pen sa*ry, n.; pl. {Dispensaries}. [Cf. F. dispensaire.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dispensary — place for weighing out medicines, 1690s, from M.L. dispensarius one who dispenses, from L. dispensare (see DISPENSE (Cf. dispense)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • dispensary — ► NOUN (pl. dispensaries) 1) a room where medicines are prepared and provided. 2) a clinic provided by public or charitable funds …   English terms dictionary

  • dispensary — [di spen′sə rē] n. pl. dispensaries [< ML dispensarius, one who dispenses, steward] a room or place, as in a school, summer camp, or factory, where medicines and first aid treatment are available …   English World dictionary

  • Dispensary — Not to be confused with Hospital, early examples of which were called dispensaries. A dispensary is an office in a school, hospital or other organization that dispenses medications and medical supplies. In a traditional dispensary set up a… …   Wikipedia

  • dispensary — UK [dɪˈspensərɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms dispensary : singular dispensary plural dispensaries a place in a hospital where you can get medicines and drugs …   English dictionary

  • dispensary — [[t]dɪspe̱nsəri[/t]] dispensaries N COUNT A dispensary is a place, for example in a hospital, where medicines are prepared and given out …   English dictionary

  • dispensary — n. a place where medicines are made up by a pharmacist according to the doctor s prescription and dispensed to patients. A dispensary is often part of an out patient department in a hospital …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • dispensary — noun (plural ries) Date: 1699 a place where medicine or medical or dental treatment is dispensed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dispensary — /di spen seuh ree/, n., pl. dispensaries. 1. a place where something is dispensed, esp. medicines. 2. a charitable or public facility where medicines are furnished and free or inexpensive medical advice is available. [1690 1700; < ML dispensaria… …   Universalium

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.