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Adjective, Noun


Officinala. [F., fr. L. officina a workshop, contr. fr. opificina, fr. opifex a workman; opus work + facere to make or do.].
  •  Used in a shop, or belonging to it.  Johnson.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Kept in stock by apothecaries; -- said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.  [1913 Webster]
    " This term is often interchanged with official, but in strict use officinal drugs are not necessarily official. See Official, a., 3."  [1913 Webster]


Officinal, adj.
1 a (of a medicine) kept ready for immediate dispensing. b made from the pharmacopoeia recipe (cf. MAGISTRAL). c (of a name) adopted in the pharmacopoeia.
2 (of a herb or drug) used in medicine.

officinally adv.
med.L officinalis f. L officina workshop

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