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 māteria medica ( translation of Greek hulē iātrikē )Latin māteria material Latin medica feminine of medicus medical
Latin materia (“material") + medica, from medicus (“medical")