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galenical

[gey-len-i-kuh l, guh-] /geɪˈlɛn ɪ kəl, gə-/
noun
1.
an herb or other vegetable drug, distinguished from a mineral or chemical drug.
2.
a crude drug, tincture, or decoction, distinguished from a preparation that has been refined.
adjective
3.
4.
(initial capital letter) Galenic (def 1).
5.
Galenic (def 2).
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; Galenic + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for galenical

galenical

/ɡeɪˈlɛnɪkəl; ɡə-/
noun
1.
any drug prepared from plant or animal tissue, esp vegetables, rather than being chemically synthesized
adjective
2.
denoting or belonging to this group of drugs
Word Origin
C17: after Galen
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galenical in Medicine

galenical ga·len·i·cal (gā-lěn'ĭ-kəl, gə-)
n.

  1. A medicinal preparation composed mainly of herbal or vegetable matter.

  2. A remedy prepared according to an official formula.

adj.
Of, relating to, or being a medicinal preparation made up chiefly of herbal or vegetable matter.
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