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n. pl. en·chi·rid·i·ons or en·chi·rid·i·a (-ē-ə)
A handbook; a manual.

[Late Latin enchīridion, from Greek enkheiridion : en-, in; see en-2 + kheir, hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots + -idion, diminutive suff.]


(ˌɛŋkaɪˈrɪdɪən) or


n, pl -ions or -ia (-ɪə)
(Journalism & Publishing) rare a handbook or manual
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek enkheiridion, from en-2 + kheir hand]


(ˌɛn kaɪˈrɪd i ən, -kɪ-)

n., pl. -rid•i•a (-ˈrɪd i ə)
a handbook.
[1535–45; < Late Latin < Greek encheirídion=en- en-2 + cheír hand]


a handbook or manual.
See also: Books
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enchiridion - a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or locationenchiridion - a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location
book of facts, reference book, reference work, reference - a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
manual - a small handbook
bible - a book regarded as authoritative in its field
guidebook, guide - something that offers basic information or instruction
ready reckoner, reckoner - a handbook of tables used to facilitate computation
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1,2) Whether they were termed dispensatoria, enchiridia, concordiae, receptarii, antidotaria, or medicamentaria, (2) the writings that we now call pharmacopeias or compendia were designed to memorialize authentic recipes for named products and to ensure the identity and equivalence of preparations.
There are the octavos, to provide solid literary companionship; the libelli portatiles, the enchiridia, the handy portable little volumes, by whatever term (except "pocket books"--you can't have pocket books in an age without pockets) are to me the very epitome of what Aldus achieved, and a delight to the eye.