materia medica

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noun ma·te·ria med·i·ca \ 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 and Etymology of materia medica

New Latin, literally, medical matter


Medical Dictionary

materia medica

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noun ma·te·ria med·i·ca \ mə-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈmed-i-kə \

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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