from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medicinal preparation composed mainly of herbal or vegetable matter.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a drug or agent made up chiefly of herbal or vegetable matter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. a medicinal preparation concocted mostly out of herbs or vegetable matter, after Galen, the Greek physician and writer of the second century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as galenic.
  • Same as Galenic.
  • n. Any preparation made from vegetable substances by simple physical means, as by infusion, decoction, and percolation, as opposed to chemical methods.


After Galen.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • It may be therefore observed, that the principle of this tea is to nourish as a general aliment, while it renovates the human constitution, without having recourse to the nauseous portions of galenical preparation, or the hazardous trial of chalybeate waters.

    A Treatise on Foreign Teas Abstracted From An Ingenious Work, Lately Published, Entitled An Essay On the Nerves

  • What need of galenical medicines, where fevers, and stomachs loaded by the loss of the digestive powers, are so few?

    Letters from an American Farmer

  • (ii) Promotion of plant culture and processing with a view to obtaining stable and standardized galenical preparations that are recognised to be harmless yet effective, while not overlooking the marketing aspects.

    Chapter 6

  • 9.6 Programmes for the production of standardised and safe galenical traditional preparations for use in the health service should be established.

    Chapter 11

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.