Obs. commonly kept in stock in a pharmacy: said of products or drugs dispensed without prescription
Origin of officinalMedieval Latin officinalis ; from officina, storeroom (of a monastery) ; from L, workshop, contr. of opificina ; from opifex, worker: see office
Obs. an officinal drug or preparation
- Readily available in pharmacies; not requiring special preparation.
- Recognized by a pharmacopoeia: an officinal herb.
Origin of officinalFrench, from Medieval Latin offic&imacron;nalis, of a storeroom or workshop, from Latin offic&imacron;na, workshop, alteration of opific&imacron;na, from opifex, opific-, workman : opus, work; see op- in Indo-European roots + facere, to do; see dh&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more officinal, superlative most officinal)