pharmacopeia

pharmacopoeia

[fahr-muh-kuh-pee-uh]
noun Pharmacology.
1.
a book published usually under the jurisdiction of the government and containing a list of drugs, their formulas, methods for making medicinal preparations, requirements and tests for their strength and purity, and other related information.
2.
a stock of drugs.
Also, pharmacopeia.


Origin:
1615–25; < Neo-Latin < Greek pharmakopoiía drug-maker's art, equivalent to phármako(n) drug + -poi(os) making (poi(eîn) to make + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia

pharmacopoeial, pharmacopoeic, adjective
pharmacopoeist, noun
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pharmacopoeia or pharmacopeia (ˌfɑːməkəˈpiːə)
 
n
an authoritative book containing a list of medicinal drugs with their uses, preparation, dosages, formulas, etc
 
[C17: via New Latin from Greek pharmakopoiia art of preparing drugs, from pharmaco- + -poiia, from poiein to make]
 
pharmacopeia or pharmacopeia
 
n
 
[C17: via New Latin from Greek pharmakopoiia art of preparing drugs, from pharmaco- + -poiia, from poiein to make]
 
pharmaco'poeial or pharmacopeia
 
adj
 
pharmaco'poeic or pharmacopeia
 
adj
 
pharmaco'poeist or pharmacopeia
 
n

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pharmacopeia
"official book listing drugs and containing directions for their preparation, 1621, from medical L., from Gk. pharmakopoiia "preparation of drugs," from pharmakon "drug" + poiein "to make." First used as a book title by Anutius Foesius (1528-95) of Basel.
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pharmacopoeia phar·ma·co·poe·ia or phar·ma·co·pe·ia (fär'mə-kə-pē'ə)
n.

  1. A book containing an official list of medicinal drugs together with articles on their preparation and use.

  2. A collection or stock of drugs.

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pharmacopeia

book published by a government, or otherwise under official sanction, to provide standards of strength and purity for therapeutic drugs. The primary function of a pharmacopoeia is to describe the formulation of each drug on the selected list. The provisions of the pharmacopoeia are binding upon all who produce drugs and who dispense them.

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