Materia-medica meaning

mə-tîrē-ə mĕdĭ-kə
The scientific study of medicinal drugs and their sources, preparation, and use.
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Substances used in the preparation of medicinal drugs.
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The drugs and other remedial substances used in medicine.
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The branch of medical science that deals with such substances, their uses, etc.
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The scientific study of medicinal drugs and their sources, preparation, and use.
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Substances used in the preparation of medicinal drugs.
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(medicine) The study of the origin, preparation, dosage and administration of medical drugs; the substances so used.
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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