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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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And of course there are all the perfumed flowers that perform both day and night like lilies, roses and Jasminum officinale.
Background: 6-Shogaol, one of the main bioactive constituents of Zingiber officinale has been shown to possess various therapeutic properties.
This combined synergistically with the anti-inflammatory actions of Zingiber officinale (ginger, fresh rhizome x 1 heaped tablespoon) which also exhibits powerful antiemetic, carminative (12) and spasmolytic actions.
Un enw Saesneg ar y cyfardwf ydi knitbone, ac mae'n tarddu o enw gwyddonol y planhigyn, sef Symphytum officinale.
Holmgren (1962) collected six submerged vascular species, Potamogeton alpinus, Potamogeton nodosus, Potamogeton pectinatus, Zannichellia palustris, Ranunculus gmelinii, and Nasturtium officinale, as well as the macro-algae Cladophora and Chara.
Jasminum officinale is a fast-growing climbing plant that produces an abundance of little white flowers from June all the way through to October.
Liliaceae) and ginger is considered the rhizome of Zingiber officinale Roscoe (Zingiberaceae).
If there's a fence, then why not plant a scented climber to screen it like Jasminum Officinale with Rosa Rambling Rector or Rosa Gloire de Dijon?
The scholar in his research has proved that the extracts of Bacopa moniera, Zingiber officinale and cannabis sativa have the potential to relieve cancer chemotherapy induced vomiting.
officinale extract powder supplementation on growth performance, apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD), blood characteristics and fecal microbial shedding in weaning pigs.