a) A place or room where something is dispensed.
b) A room specifically designed for the dispensing of drugs; a pharmacy.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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