officinal

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adjective of·fi·ci·nal \ə-ˈfi-sə-nəl, ȯ-, ä-; ˌȯ-fə-ˈsī-nəl, ˌä-\

Definition of officinal

  1. :  medicinal a monograph on officinal flora

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Examples of officinal in a sentence

  1. the discovery of officinal plants that continues to this day

Did You Know?

Officinal is a word applied in medicine to plants and herbs that are used in medicinal preparations. In the 19th century, it was the standard word used by the United States Pharmacopeia to refer to the drugs, chemicals, and medicinal preparations that they recognized, but in 1893 it was replaced by official in this context. Despite this supersession, you still can find a healthy dose of officinal in the pharmaceutical field, where it is used today as a word describing preparations that are regularly kept in stock at pharmacies. Officinal was derived from the Medieval Latin noun officina, a word for the storeroom of a monastery in which provisions and medicines were kept. In Latin, officina means "workshop."

Origin and Etymology of officinal

Medieval Latin officinalis of a storeroom, from officina storeroom, from Latin, workshop, from opific-, opifex workman, from opus work + facere to do


First Known Use: 1769


Medical Dictionary

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officinal

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adjective of·fi·ci·nal \ə-ˈfis-ən-əl, ȯ-, ä-; ˌȯf-ə-ˈsīn-əl, ˌäf-\

Medical Definition of officinal

  1. 1a:  available without special preparation or compounding officinal medicine—compare magistralb:  official

  2. 2of a plant :  medicinal officinal herbs officinal rhubarb


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officinal

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Medical Definition of officinal

  1. :  an officinal drug, medicine, or plant



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