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

n., pl. -ries.
formulary (def. 3).
[1560–70; < Medieval Latin]
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She tinctured all his thoughts; she was the compound extract of all that was chemically pure and officinal--the dispensatory contained nothing equal to her.
But the end of the Cold War brought our century of dispensatory unity to a shuddering close.
The title page of his 1652 English Physitian specifies that it cost three pence, the same price as the rate of sending a letter by domestic post in 1657; while the 1654 twelvemo edition of Culpeper's translation of th Pharmacopoeia, called the London Dispensatory, claims that "its Price may not exceed the poores purse." (43) His strategy worked: The English Physician was published in over 100 subsequent editions, including fifteen before 1700, while the 1720 Boston edition of Culpeper's London Dispensatory was the first full-length medical book published in the colonies.
Sahl's Dispensatory in the Recension of the 'Adudi Hospital
According to the dispensatory of Realgar-Indigo naturalis formula tablets and considering the conversion coefficient between rat and human, we have calculated the clinic equivalent dosage of RIF to be 720 mg/kg.
Irrespective of the reasons for why subterranean organs, seeds and exudates became partly obsolete such drugs once formed an important but nowadays neglected part of the Euro-Mediterranean dispensatory. This, together with the fact that seeds, resins and gums are considered unconventional natural resources, potentially rich in yet unknown metabolites (Tulp and Bohlin, 2004), calls for further research on their phytochemistry and pharmacology.
Even 'traditional'- or 'philosophically'-based texts (such as King's Dispensatory or the British Herbal Pharmacopeia in herbal medicine) categorise treatments by symptoms, not by patients.
(23.) See excerpt from The Ladies Dispensatory in Jean Miller, Francie Owens, Rachel Doggett, eds., The Housewife's Rich Cabinet: Remedies, Recipes, & Helpful Hints (Washington DC: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 1997), 94-95.
Thomson's Dispensatory of 1818, where, under the head "sulphuric ether," he will find it stated that injurious effects had, even then, ensued from the inhalation of its vapour (13).
(2) suggest compensatory and dispensatory measures in cases where, because of situations of disability, the traditional methods of teaching do not allow the users to follow an appropriate learning pathway or to completely take part in the educational environment;