galenical

noun

ga·​len·​i·​cal gə-ˈle-ni-kəl How to pronounce galenical (audio)
gā-
: a medicine prepared by extracting one or more active constituents of a plant

Word History

Etymology

noun derivative of galenical "characteristic of such medicines," from Galenic "of galen," who prescribed plant-based remedies (from Galen + -ic entry 1) + -al entry 1

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of galenical was in 1737

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Cite this Entry

“Galenical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galenical. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

galenical

noun
ga·​len·​i·​cal gə-ˈlen-i-kəl How to pronounce galenical (audio)
: a standard medicinal preparation (as an extract or tincture) containing usually one or more active constituents of a plant and made by a process that leaves the inert and other undesirable constituents of the plant undissolved
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