materia medica

materia medica

[muh-teer-ee-uh med-i-kuh]
noun
1.
the remedial substances employed in medicine.
2.
Also called pharmacognosy. the science dealing with the sources, physical characteristics, uses, and doses of drugs.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Medieval Latin: medical material

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materia medica (məˈtɪərɪə ˈmɛdɪkə)
 
n
1.  the branch of medical science concerned with the study of drugs used in the treatment of disease: includes pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, and the history and physical and chemical properties of drugs
2.  the drugs used in the treatment of disease
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin: medical matter]

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materia medica materia med·i·ca (měd'ĭ-kə)
n.
The branch of medical science that deals with the origin, preparation, dosage, and administration of drugs.

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