materia medica

noun

ma·​te·​ria med·​i·​ca mə-ˈtir-ē-ə-ˈme-di-kə How to pronounce materia medica (audio)
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

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, literally, medical matter

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of materia medica was in 1663

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Cite this Entry

“Materia medica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/materia%20medica. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

materia medica

noun
ma·​te·​ria med·​i·​ca mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈmed-i-kə How to pronounce materia medica (audio)
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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