from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The scientific study of medicinal drugs and their sources, preparation, and use.
- noun Substances used in the preparation of medicinal drugs.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Medicinal agencies collectively; the various remedial substances employed in medicine.
- noun That branch of medical science which treats of the various substances, natural and artificial, which are employed in the practice of medicine, and embraces an explanation of their nature and modes of action.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- Material or substance used in the composition of remedies; -- a general term for all substances used as curative agents in medicine.
- That branch of medical science which treats of the sources, nature and properties of all the substances that are employed for the cure of diseases, primarily with natural preparations, rather than pure or synthetic medicines; pharmacognosy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun medicine the study of the
origin, preparation, dosageand administrationof medical drugs; the substancesso used
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effects
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[New Latin māteria medica (translation of Greek hulē iātrikē) : Latin māteria, material + Latin medica, feminine of medicus, medical.]
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Latin materia ("material") + medica, from medicus ("medical")
On the same kind of analogy, a German doctor has introduced hemlock and other poisons, as specifics, into the materia medica. —