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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
of-fis′i-nal, adj. belonging to, or used in, a shop: denoting an approved medicine kept prepared by apothecaries. [Fr.,—L. officina, a workshop—opus, work, facĕre, to do.]
The numerical value of officinal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of officinal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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