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

  • adj. Readily available in pharmacies; not requiring special preparation.
  • adj. Recognized by a pharmacopoeia: an officinal herb.
  • n. An officinal drug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Medicinal.
  • adj. Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
  • adj. Kept in stock by apothecaries; said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
  • adj. Kept in stock by apothecaries; -- said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.

from The 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.

Etymologies

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)
French, from Latin officina a workshop, contracted from opificina, from opifex a workman; opus work + facere to make or do. (Wiktionary)

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