2. Etymology: "shopkeeper, especially one who stores, compounds, and sells medicaments"; from Old French apotecaire; Modern French apothicaire; from Late Latin apothecarius, "storekeeper"; from Latin apotheca, "storehouse"; which came from Greek apotheke "storehouse". Literally, "a place where things are put away", from apo- "away" + tithenai "to put".
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Similar terms are used in modern Germany; such as, apotheker (masculine) and apothekerin (feminine) instead of "druggist" or "pharmacist", as used in the United States, some other places.
- Twenty grains equal one scruple.
- Three scruples equal one dram.
- Eight drams equal an apothecary's ounce; oz apoth.
- Twelve such ounces equal an apothecary's pound; lb apoth.
There are 7,000 grains in one pound avoirdupois or 0.454 kilograms.