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materia medica

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noun ma·te·ria med·i·ca \mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˈme-di-kə\

Definition of materia medica

  1. 1 :  substances used in the composition of medical remedies :  drugs, medicine

  2. 2 a :  a branch of medical science that deals with the sources, nature, properties, and preparation of drugs b :  a treatise on materia medica



Origin of materia medica

New Latin, literally, medical matter


First Known Use: 1663


Medical Dictionary

materia medica

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noun ma·te·ria med·i·ca \mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈmed-i-kə\

Medical Definition of materia medica

  1. 1:  substances used in the composition of medical remedies :  drugs, medicine

  2. 2a:  a branch of medical science that deals with the sources, nature, properties, and preparation of drugsb:  a treatise on materia medica




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