materia medica


ma·te·ria med·i·ca

noun \mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˈme-di-kə\

Definition of MATERIA MEDICA

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

ma·te·ria med·i·ca

noun \mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈmed-i-kə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MATERIA MEDICA

1
: substances used in the composition of medical remedies : drugs, medicine
2
a : a branch of medical science that deals with the sources, nature, properties, and preparation of drugs b : a treatise on materia medica

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