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Glossary of PharmacologY 

Welcome to the Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics’ Glossary of Pharmacology! Here you will find peer-reviewed definitions of commonly used terms in pharmacology that include clinical relevance, examples, illustrations, teaching tips, and more. The purpose of this expanded glossary is to provide our community (faculty, trainees and the public) with a reliable source of information that can be used for consultation but also as a teaching resource. 

Terms are organized below by topic but can be searched and found in alphabetical order in our Table of Pharmacological Terms.

Thank you to our contributors and editors: Dr. Fabiana Caetano Crowley, Dr. Cindy Woodland, Dr. Brad Urquhart, Dr. Michael Rieder, Dr. Facundo Garcia-Bournissen, Dr. Khaled Abdelrahman, Karim Ibrahim, Jennifer Lin, Dr. Antonios Diab, Dr. Bruce Carleton, Dr. Daniel Sitar, Dr. James Hammond, and Dr. Stuart MacLeod.

It is our intention to continue to expand the CSPT’s Glossary of Pharmacology. If you are a CSPT member and would like to contribute, please contact info@pharmacologycanada.org  

Pharmacology

Pharmacology

Clinical Pharmacology

Informed consent document

Therapeutics

Therapeutics

Pharmacokinetics

Pharmacokinetics (PK)

Absorption

Bioavailability

AUC

Cmax

Cmin

Enteral drug administration

Perenteral drug administration

Distribution

Volume of distribution

Drug transport

Metabolism

Metabolism

Biotransformation

Pro-drug

First-pass effect

Metabolic drug tolerance

Metabolite

Parent compound

Elimination

Clearance rate

First order kinetics

Zero order kinetics

Elimination rate constant

Excretion

Hepatic clearance rate

Hepatic extration rate

Total body clearance rate

Css
Dosage
Dose
Patient Safety

Adherence

Pharmacoeconomics
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