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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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|Noun||1.||materia 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
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
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