materia medica

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ma·te·ri·a med·i·ca

 (mə-tîr′ē-ə mĕd′ĭ-kə)
1. (used with a sing. verb) The scientific study of medicinal drugs and their sources, preparation, and use.
2. (used with a pl. verb) Substances used in the preparation of medicinal drugs.

[New Latin māteria medica (translation of Greek hulē iātrikē) : Latin māteria, material + Latin medica, feminine of medicus, medical.]
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materia medica

(məˈtɪərɪə ˈmɛdɪkə)
1. (Medicine) the branch of medical science concerned with the study of drugs used in the treatment of disease: includes pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, and the history and physical and chemical properties of drugs
2. (Pharmacology) the drugs used in the treatment of disease
[C17: from Medieval Latin: medical matter]
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ma•te•ri•a med•i•ca

(məˈtɪər i ə ˈmɛd ɪ kə)
1. (used with a pl. v.) remedial substances used in medicine.
2. (used with a sing. v.) the study of or a treatise on the sources, characteristics, and uses of drugs.
[1690–1700; < Medieval Latin: medical material]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.materia medica - the science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effectsmateria medica - the science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effects
tincture - (pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
pharmacokinetics - the study of the action of drugs in the body: method and rate of excretion; duration of effect; etc.
posology - the pharmacological determination of appropriate doses of drugs and medicines
psychopharmacology - the study of drugs that affect the mind
toxicology - the branch of pharmacology that deals with the nature and effects and treatments of poisons
formulary, pharmacopeia - (pharmacology) a book containing a compilation of pharmaceutical products with their formulas and methods of preparation; "postexposure prophylaxis is an integral part of the pharmacopeia in preventing severe disease after acute infections"
decoction - (pharmacology) the extraction of water-soluble drug substances by boiling
percutaneous, transcutaneous, transdermal, transdermic - through the unbroken skin; refers to medications applied directly to the skin (creams or ointments) or in time-release forms (skin patches); "transdermal estrogen"; "percutaneous absorption"
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References in classic literature ?
He was taking the examination in Materia Medica in July, and it amused him to play with various drugs, concocting mixtures, rolling pills, and making ointments.
But if you are in pain, here are some cordial drops, which, taken in a glass of my own cognac, will give you rest, if I know aught of the materia medica."
Held on 11 August 2019, the company revealed the opening ceremony was attended by academicians Chen Kaixian and Jiang Hualiang, both from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Wang Lei, EVP of AstraZeneca as well as leading Chinese professors Weng Xinhua, Lu Hongzhou, Zhang Wenhong as well as Chen liang.
He said that the names of these institutions included Guangzhau Eighths Peoples Hospital, College of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Innovative Materia Medica Research Institute, and Academician Professor Atta-ur-Rahman One Belt One Road Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Center.
Part of a larger project aimed at mapping the technical medical terminology in medieval Hebrew medical works, this volume presents novel medical and general Hebrew terminology from the 13th century from primary and secondary sources: Sefer Sedat ha-Derakhim, Sefer ha-Shimmush, Sefer ha-Qanun, Sefer Issur ha-Qevurah le-Galienus, Hanhagat ha-Beri'ut le-Abu 'Ali Ben Zuhr, Shemot ha-Mashqim, Pirqei Arnaut de Vilanova, Sefer Hanhagat ha-Beri'ut, Sammim Libbiyim, and Sefer ha-Refu'ot ha-Libbiyot, as well as terms in the field of materia medica drawn from anonymous unpublished glossaries.
A book written by physician and herbalist Li Shizhen, "The Compendium of Materia Medica," talks about people in the 1500s using crushed pulp of tadpoles to "cure" sores or welts.
The most significant overlap is with Practical Materia Medica of the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean (Brill, 2008).
"Researchers would need to develop chemicals that have similar effects as emodin, and see which if any of these could be used as a therapeutic drug," said Ying Leng of the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica. Diabetes is controlled by injections of insulin and blood-sugar levels.
His other wonderful publications include Materia Medica Pura and Chronic Diseases.
Dioscorides noted the use of basil in the treatment of scorpion stings (Materia Medica).
The cold-hot nature categorization of 613 TCMMs related to 1,091 marine bioresources species were retrieved from the "Chinese Marine Materia Medica" [22].