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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.
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(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
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(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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--Any medicinal product which is prepared in a pharmacy in accordance with the prescriptions of a pharmacopoeia and is intended to be supplied directly to the patients served by the pharmacy in question (commonly known as the officinal formula).
This growth is attributed to the increase in officinal sales by 30% from 14.5 million dinars to 18.9 million and exports which soared 98% to 9.7 million dinars, mainly from sales made to new Libyan customers.
Non-medical applications were applied in 86%, most of which were referral to a herbalist for officinal plants (30%) or so-called "healing water" (12%).
Hou et al., "Comparison of two officinal Chinese pharmacopoeia species of Ganoderma based on chemical research with multiple technologies and chemometrics analysis," Journal of Chromatography A, vol.
The seed of Perilla frutescens has been regarded as one of the major officinal parts and has special anticancer effects [3], has neuroprotective ability [4], boosts memory [5, 6], improves eyesight [7], lowers blood lipid and blood pressure [8], and inhibits platelet aggregation.
The most common species seen were Rudbeckia laciniata, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, and Melilotus officinal When comparing the total above ground biomass and reproductive biomass of the lakeplain prairie vegetation type, we found no differences (Tables 4, 5).
The Earth's flora is rich and diverse and represents an inexhaustible source of new medicinal plants, many of which are used in traditional medicine and are not officinal. One such plant is Rubus caesius L.
886 of April 2010, established the Farmacia Viva ("Live Pharmacy") within the SUS, which is intended to perform all stages, from cultivation, collection, processing, storage of medicinal plants, handling and dispensing of magisterial and officinal preparations of medicinal and herbal plants (11).