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The branch of pharmacology that deals with drugs in their crude or natural state and with medicinal herbs or other plants.

[pharmaco- + Greek gnōsis, knowledge; see gnosis.]

phar′ma·cog′no·sist n.
phar′ma·cog·nos′tic (-kŏg-nŏs′tĭk) adj.


(Pharmacology) the branch of pharmacology concerned with crude drugs of plant and animal origin
[C19: from pharmaco- + gnosy, from Greek gnosis knowledge]
ˌpharmaˈcognosist n
pharmacognostic adj

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]

pharmacognosy, pharmacognosia, pharmacognosis, pharmacognostics

the branch of pharmacology that studies the composition, use, and history of drugs. — pharmacognosist, n. — pharmacognostic, adj.
See also: Drugs
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