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materia medica

[muh-teer-ee-uh med-i-kuh] /məˈtɪər i ə ˈmɛd ɪ kə/
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
1690-1700; < Medieval Latin: medical material
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materia medica

/məˈtɪərɪə ˈmɛdɪkə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin: medical matter
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Word Origin and History for materia-medica

materia medica

n.

"substances used in medicine," Latin, literally "medical matter."

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materia-medica in Medicine

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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