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.

(||Apo`*the"ci*um), n.; pl. Apothecia [NL.] (Bot.) The ascigerous fructification of lichens, forming masses of various shapes.

(Ap"o*thegm, Ap"oph*thegm) n. [Gr. 'apo`fqegma thing uttered, apothegm, from 'apofqe`ggesqai to speak out; 'apo` from + fqe`ggesqai to speak.] A short, pithy, and instructive saying; a terse remark, conveying some important truth; a sententious precept or maxim. [Apothegm is now the prevalent spelling in the United States.]

(Ap`o*theg*mat"ic Ap`o*theg*mat"ic*al) a. 'apofqegmatiko`s.]—> Pertaining to, or in the manner of, an apothegm; sententious; pithy.

(Ap`o*theg"ma*tist) n. A collector or maker of apothegms. Pope.

(Ap`o*theg"ma*tize) v. i. To utter apothegms, or short and sententious sayings.

(Ap"o*them) n. [Gr. + that which is placed, to place.]

1. (Math.) The perpendicular from the center to one of the sides of a regular polygon.

2. A deposit formed in a liquid extract of a vegetable substance by exposure to the air.

(A*pos"tro*phize), v. i. To use the rhetorical figure called apostrophe.

(Ap"os*tume) n. See Aposteme. [Obs.]

(Ap`o*tac"tite) n. [LL. pl. apotactitae, Gr. fr. set apart; from + to arrange, ordain.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of a sect of ancient Christians, who, in supposed imitation of the first believers, renounced all their possessions.

(A*pot"e*lesm) n. [See Apotelesmatic.]

1. The result or issue. [Obs.]

2. (Astrol.) The calculation and explanation of a nativity. [Obs.] Bailey.

(Ap`o*tel`es*mat"ic) a. [Gr. fr. effect of the stars on human destiny, fr. to complete; from + to end, end.]

1. Relating to the casting of horoscopes. [Archaic] Whewell.

2. Relating to an issue of fulfillment.

In this way a passage in the Old Testament may have, or rather comprise, an apotelesmatic sense, i. e., one of after or final accomplishment.
M. Stuart.

(A*poth"e*ca*ry) n.; pl. Apothecaries. [OE. apotecarie, fr. LL. apothecarius, fr. L. apotheca storehouse, Gr. apo, fr. to put away; from + to put: cf. F. apothicaire, OF. apotecaire. See Thesis.] One who prepares and sells drugs or compounds for medicinal purposes.

In England an apothecary is one of a privileged class of practitioners — 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.

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