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 (ə-fĭs′ə-nəl, ô′fĭ-sī′nəl, ŏf′ĭ-)
1. Readily available in pharmacies; not requiring special preparation.
2. Recognized by a pharmacopoeia: an officinal herb.

[French, from Medieval Latin officīnālis, of a storeroom or workshop, from Latin officīna, workshop, alteration of opificīna, from opifex, opific-, workman : opus, work; see op- in Indo-European roots + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

of·fic′i·nal·ly adv.


(ɒˈfɪsɪnəl; ˌɒfɪˈsaɪnəl) pharmacol
1. (Pharmacology) (of pharmaceutical products) available without prescription
2. (Botany) (of a plant) having pharmacological properties
3. (Pharmacology) an officinal preparation or plant
4. (Botany) an officinal preparation or plant
[C17: from Medieval Latin officīnālis, from Latin officīna workshop; see office]
ofˈficinally adv


(əˈfɪs ə nl)

1. kept in stock by apothecaries, as a drug.
2. recognized by a pharmacopoeia.
[1710–20; < Medieval Latin officīnālis of a store or workshop < Latin officina workshop, derivative of opifex artisan. See office]
of•fic′i•nal•ly, adv.
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