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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. Khaled Abdelrahman, Dr. Fabiana Caetano Crowley, Dr. Bruce Carleton, Dr. Antonios Diab, Dr. Facundo Garcia-Bournissen, Dr. James Hammond, Karim Ibrahim, Jennifer Lin, Dr. Stuart MacLeod, Brendan McKeown, Dr. Michael Rieder, Dr. Daniel Sitar, Dr. Brad Urquhart and Dr. Cindy Woodland.  

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

Absorption

Bioavailability (F)

AUC

Cmax

Cmin

Enteral drug administration

Parenteral drug administration

Distribution

Apparent volume of distribution (Vd)

Drug transport

Metabolism

Metabolism

Biotransformation

Prodrug

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 extraction rate

Total body clearance rate

Css
Dosage
Dose
Patient Safety

Adherence

Pharmacoeconomics
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