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or pharmacopeia

[fahr-muh-kuh-pee-uh] /ˌfɑr mə kəˈpi ə/
noun, Pharmacology.
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.
a stock of drugs.
Origin of pharmacopoeia
1615-25; < New Latin < Greek pharmakopoiía drug-maker's art, equivalent to phármako(n) drug + -poi(os) making (poi(eîn) to make + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related forms
pharmacopoeial, pharmacopoeic, adjective
pharmacopoeist, noun Unabridged
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an authoritative book containing a list of medicinal drugs with their uses, preparation, dosages, formulas, etc
Derived Forms
pharmacopoeial, pharmacopoeic, adjective
pharmacopoeist, noun
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek pharmakopoiia art of preparing drugs, from pharmaco- + -poiia, from poiein to make
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pharmacopoeial in Medicine

pharmacopoeia phar·ma·co·poe·ia or phar·ma·co·pe·ia (fär'mə-kə-pē'ə)

  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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