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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 A·poth·e·ca·ry n.; pl. Apothecaries.
 1. One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes; a druggist; a pharmacist.
 Note:In England an apothecary is one of a privileged class of practitioners, licensed to prescribe medicine -- a kind of sub-physician.  The surgeon apothecary is the ordinary family medical attendant. One who sells drugs and makes up prescriptions is now commonly called in England a druggist or a pharmaceutical chemist.
 Apothecaries' weight, the system of weights by which medical prescriptions were formerly compounded. The pound and ounce are the same as in Troy weight; they differ only in the manner of subdivision. The ounce is divided into 8 drams, 24 scruples, 480 grains. See Troy weight.