noun, plural formularies.
a collection or system of formulas.
a set form of words; formula.
Pharmacology. a book listing pharmaceutical substances and formulas for making medicinal preparations.
a list of prescription drugs covered by a health insurance plan: You can search the online drug formulary to see if your prescriptions are covered by the plan.
Ecclesiastical. a book containing prescribed forms used in the service of a church.
of or pertaining to a formula or formulas: the formulary aspect of a science.
of the nature of a formula: He dispenses easy, formulary solutions to our problems.

1535–45; < Middle French formulaire; see formula, -ary Unabridged
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formulary (ˈfɔːmjʊlərɪ)
n , pl -laries
1.  a book or system of prescribed formulas, esp relating to religious procedure or doctrine
2.  a formula
3.  pharmacol a book containing a list of pharmaceutical products, with their formulas and means of preparation
4.  of, relating to, or of the nature of a formula

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Word Origin & History

1540s, from Fr. formulaire collection of formulae, from L. formularius from formula (see formula).
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Medical Dictionary

formulary for·mu·lar·y (fôr'myə-lěr'ē)
A book containing a list of pharmaceutical substances along with their formulas, uses, and methods of preparation.

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Example sentences
The core of each prescription drug plan is a list of preferred drugs, known as a formulary.
Their bill says the secretary cannot set prices or establish a uniform list of covered drugs, known as a formulary.
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