American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Readily available in pharmacies; not requiring special preparation.
- adj. Recognized by a pharmacopoeia: an officinal herb.
- n. An officinal drug.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a shop or laboratory; used in a shop or laboratory. Especially
- Of an apothecary's shop: applied in pharmacy to preparations made according to recognized prescriptions; specifically, prescribed in the pharmacopœia.
- In botany, used in medicine or the arts.
- n. A drug or medicine sold in an apothecary's shop; specifically, a drug prepared according to the pharmacopœia.
- adj. Medicinal.
- adj. obsolete, rare Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
- adj. obsolete Kept in stock by apothecaries; said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Obs. or R. Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
- adj. (Pharm.) Kept in stock by apothecaries; -- said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not
- French, from Latin officina a workshop, contracted from opificina, from opifex a workman; opus work + facere to make or do. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Medieval Latin officīnālis, of a storeroom or workshop, from Latin officīna, workshop, alteration of opificīna, from opifex, opific-, workman : opus, work; see op- in Indo-European roots + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“An officinal tincture is made from the plants collected in the spring, when two years old; also, in some villages the infusion is employed as a homely remedy to cure a cold, the herb being known as "Throttle Wort;" but this is not a safe thing to do, for medical experience shows that the watery infusion of”
“Now we have for commercial and officinal purposes two varieties of the cultivated plant, the black Mustard (_Sinapis nigra_), and the white Mustard (_Brassica_, or _Sinapis alba_).”
“The dose of the authorised officinal juice is from one to two teaspoonfuls, and from five to twenty grains of the prepared extract.”
“ Our druggists supply an officinal tincture of Colchicum”
“Syrup of tar is an officinal medicine in the United States of America for chronic bronchitis, and winter cough.”
“Across the Atlantic an officinal tincture is made from the Tomato for curative purposes by treating the apples, and the bruised fresh plant with alcohol, and letting this stand for eight days before it is filtered and strained.”
“These, not being officinal, fail to find a place on the shelves of the ordinary Pharmaceutical druggist.”
“An officinal tincture (_Tinctura anthemidis_) is made from the flowers of the true Chamomile (_Anthemis nobilis_) with rectified spirit of wine.”
“An officinal tincture is made from the rhizome of Valerian with spirit of wine, of which from one to two teaspoonfuls may be given for a dose, with a little water.”
“The officinal part of the plant is the fruit, which consists of two united carpels, called a cremocarp.”
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