Materia Medica Definition

mə-tîrē-ə mĕdĭ-kə
The scientific study of medicinal drugs and their sources, preparation, and use.
American Heritage Medicine
The drugs and other remedial substances used in medicine.
Webster's New World
The branch of medical science that deals with such substances, their uses, etc.
Webster's New World

Origin of Materia Medica

  • New Latin māteria medica (translation of Greek hulē iātrikē) Latin māteria material Latin medica feminine of medicus medical

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin materia (“material") + medica, from medicus (“medical")

    From Wiktionary

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