A person who prepares and sells drugs and medicines; a pharmacist.
The word 'apothecary' comes from the old french 'apotecaire' and latin 'apothecarius', both meaning a storekeeper of drugs or a pharmacist.
- In the Middle Ages, apothecaries were known for their knowledge of herbs and their ability to create remedies for various ailments.
- The apothecary would mix and dispense the medicines according to the physician's prescriptions.
- The apothecary shop was a common feature in medieval towns and cities, where people would go to buy remedies and tonics.
- In the modern era, the role of the apothecary has evolved into that of a licensed pharmacist, who is responsible for dispensing prescription drugs and providing health advice.
- The term 'apothecary' is still used in some English-speaking countries, especially in reference to historical or traditional pharmacies.