Officinal Definition

ə-fĭsə-nəl, ôfĭ-sīnəl, ŏfĭ-
Readily available in pharmacies; not requiring special preparation.
American Heritage Medicine
Commonly kept in stock in a pharmacy.
Webster's New World
Recognized by a pharmacopoeia.
An officinal herb.
American Heritage Medicine
An officinal drug or preparation.
Webster's New World

Origin of Officinal

  • French from Medieval Latin officīnālis of a storeroom or workshop from Latin officīna workshop alteration of opificīna from opifex opific- workman opus work op- in Indo-European roots facere to do dhē- in Indo-European roots

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

  • French, from Latin officina a workshop, contracted from opificina, from opifex a workman; opus work + facere to make or do.

    From Wiktionary

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