One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
1960s; earliest use found in Nachrichtenblatt des Deutschen Pflanzenschutzdienstes. From phyto- + medicine, after German Phytomedizin. Compare French phytomédecine.
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