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

  • n. The branch of pharmacology that deals with drugs in their crude or natural state and with medicinal herbs or other plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The branch of pharmacology that studies medical substances that are extracted from natural sources, including drugs derived from plants and herbs used for medicinal purposes.
  • n. The branch of pharmacology dealing with recognizing the natural substances that have medicinal uses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pharmacognosis.
  • n. The study of the distribution of, methods for finding, and properties of medically useful agents in natural sources, especially plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pharmacognostics.

Etymologies

pharmaco- + Greek gnōsis, knowledge; see gnosis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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