materia medicama·te·ri·a med·i·ca
- the drugs and other remedial substances used in medicine
- the branch of medical science that deals with such substances, their uses, etc.
Origin of materia medicaMedieval Latin ; from Classical Latin materia, matter + medica, feminine of medicus, medical
- (used with a sing. verb) The scientific study of medicinal drugs and their sources, preparation, and use.
- (used with a pl. verb) Substances used in the preparation of medicinal drugs.
Origin of materia medicaNew Latin materia medica (translation of Greek hul&emacron; iatrik&emacron;) : Latin materia, material + Latin medica, feminine of medicus, medical.
Latin materia (“material") + medica, from medicus (“medical")