armamentarium

noun

ar·​ma·​men·​tar·​i·​um ˌär-mə-ˌmen-ˈter-ē-əm How to pronounce armamentarium (audio)
-mən-
plural armamentaria ˌär-mə-ˌmen-ˈter-ē-ə How to pronounce armamentarium (audio)
: a collection of resources available or utilized for an undertaking or field of activity
especially : the equipment, methods, and pharmaceuticals used in medicine

Examples of armamentarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For years, the tech elite’s predilection for brain hacking has been part of their mystique; more recently, Elon Musk touted ketamine as a better antidepressant than anything in Big Pharma’s armamentarium. Sue Halpern, The New York Review of Books, 12 Oct. 2023 New to the public health armamentarium this year are tools to combat RSV — respiratory syncytial virus. Helen Branswell, STAT, 25 Aug. 2023 And with other psychedelics demonstrating possible treatment efficacy for alcohol addiction, bereavement, depression, end-of-life distress, nicotine addiction, and opioid addiction, MDMA might not be the only one rejoining psychiatry’s armamentarium in coming years. Brian Barnett, STAT, 2 June 2021 Today the pace is quickening as investigators are examining a diverse armamentarium of potential cancer-protective agents. David J. Waters, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 That said, the need for drugs that people can easily take at home to prevent their infections from worsening is so high, especially with the Omicron variant now spreading, that many health experts say there will probably be an important place for molnupiravir in the Covid-19 medicine armamentarium. Betsy McKay, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 Each is part of a well-orchestrated armamentarium that is based on years of research. Ethan Dmitrovsky, STAT, 1 Aug. 2021 The result: After 15 months in the nation’s armamentarium against COVID-19, a medication that U.S. taxpayers spent at least $1.58 billion to develop and produce has become largely ineffective. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2023 How did a remedy that breaches the skin and veins, violating the sanctity of the human body to inject a liter of foreign substance enter the medical armamentarium? Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 31 May 2016 See More

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin armāmentārium "storehouse for military equipment, armory," from armāmenta "sailing gear of a ship, equipment, implements" + -ārium -ary entry 1 — more at armament

First Known Use

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of armamentarium was circa 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Armamentarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armamentarium. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition

armamentarium

noun
ar·​ma·​men·​tar·​i·​um ˌär-mə-ˌmen-ˈter-ē-əm, -mən- How to pronounce armamentarium (audio)
plural armamentaria -ē-ə How to pronounce armamentarium (audio)
: a collection of resources available or utilized for an undertaking or field of activity
especially : the equipment, methods, and pharmaceuticals used in medicine

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