Definition of phytomedicine in English:

phytomedicine

noun

  • 1A branch of plant pathology concerned with the identification, treatment, and prevention of plant diseases. rare.

  • 2The scientific investigation of the medicinal properties of plants or specific plant extracts; the evaluation and use of herbal medicines on pharmacological principles.

  • 3A herbal preparation tested and used within conventional pharmacology.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in Nachrichtenblatt des Deutschen Pflanzenschutzdienstes. From phyto- + medicine, after German Phytomedizin. Compare French phytomédecine.

Pronunciation

phytomedicine

/ˈfʌɪtəʊmɛd(ɪ)s(ɪ)n/