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 officīnālis of a storeroom or workshop from Latin officīna workshop alteration of opificīna from opifex opific- workman opus work ; see op- in Indo-European roots. facere to do ; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more officinal, superlative most officinal)