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n. pl. dis·pen·sa·to·ries
A book in which the contents, preparation, and uses of medicines are described; a pharmacopoeia.


(dɪˈspɛnsətərɪ; -trɪ)
n, pl -ries
(Pharmacology) a book listing the composition, preparation, and application of various drugs
of or involving dispensation


(dɪˈspɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i)

n., pl. -ries.
formulary (def. 3).
[1560–70; < Medieval Latin]
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Classic North American historical texts such as The physicomedical dispensatory (Cook 1869), Dispensatory of the United States of America (Remington 1918) and King's American Dispensatory (Felter 1898) fail to make any significant reference to cranberry and its use in UTI/cystitis but do note it to be a useful diuretic.
"Both copper and zinc may be discovered by sesquioxidizing the iron by boiling the solution of the salt with nitric acid." [The Dispensatory of the United States of America, G.B.