pharmacognosy


phar·ma·cog·no·sy

noun \ˌfär-mə-ˈkäg-nə-sē\

Definition of PHARMACOGNOSY

:  a branch of pharmacology dealing with medicinal substances of biological origin and especially medicinal substances obtained from plants
phar·ma·cog·nos·tic \-ˌkäg-ˈnäs-tik\ or phar·ma·cog·nos·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective

Origin of PHARMACOGNOSY

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Greek pharmakon + -gnōsia knowledge, from gnōsis — more at gnosis
First Known Use: circa 1885

phar·ma·cog·no·sy

noun \ˌfär-mə-ˈkäg-nə-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural phar·ma·cog·no·sies

Medical Definition of PHARMACOGNOSY

: a branch of pharmacology dealing especially with the composition, use, and development of medicinal substances of biological origin and especially medicinal substances obtained from plants
phar·ma·cog·nos·tic \-ˌkäg-ˈnäs-tik\ or phar·ma·cog·nos·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective

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