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apothecary (noun) (in the past) a maker and seller of medicines; a druggist or a pharmacist.
In the past those who made and sold medicines, a pharmacist or a druggist with or without the qualification or training in it, were apothecaries.
- Apothecaries were mostly quacks who had only a limited knowledge of medicines and treatment.
- People in the past were dependent on apothecaries though they had no knowledge of medicine or of the efficacy of the drugs they sold.