Definitions for officinaləˈfɪs ə nl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
of•fic•i•naləˈfɪs ə nl(adj.)
kept in stock by apothecaries, as a drug.
recognized by a pharmacopoeia.
Origin of officinal:
1710–20; < ML officīnālis of a store or workshop < L officina workshop, der. of opifex artisan. See office
Kept in stock by apothecaries; said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.
Officinal is a term applied in medicine to drugs, plants and herbs, which are sold in a chemist or druggist shop, and to medical preparations of such drugs, et cetera, as are made in accordance with the prescriptions authorized by a pharmacopoeia. Not to be confused with the word "official". The classical Latin officina meant a workshop, manufactory, laboratory, and in medieval Latin was applied to a general storeroom. It thus became applied to a shop where goods were sold rather than a place where things were made. In botanical nomenclature, the specific epithet officinalis derives from a plant's historical use in pharmacology.
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